Governors loyal to Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike, are expected to meet with Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), this weekend over the crisis rocking the party, Daily Independent exclusively gathered.
They have also agreed to table some conditions before Atiku before they can give him their support for the 2023 presidential election.
A member of Governor Wike’s strategy team, who confided in Daily Independent on Tuesday said they have all agreed that no matter what happened, they are not going to leave the PDP for any other party.
He, however, acknowledged that there are serious overtures from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and its presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, to lure Wike and those sympathetic to him to the ruling party.
One of the conditions, according to him, is that Atiku must agree to serve for just one term if he wins the presidential election.
Other conditions, according to him, borders on sharing of political appointments and the rezoning of party offices, especially that of the party.
He said, “Yes, it is true. We will be meeting with the presidential candidate and we will table our conditions before him.
Governor Wike has given us the go-ahead and we believe we will achieve something positive at the end. “One of the conditions is that he (Atiku) must agree to do just one term.
Others include the sharing of political appointments in the presidency if our party wins. We are confident of winning so it is better we discuss the sharing of appointments now.
“Another one has to do with the continued stay of the national chairman, Iyorchia Ayu.
The presidential candidate recently said he can only step down if he wins while some of us believe that was not the agreement we had before the convention held in October last year.
Hopefully, all these will be resolved during our meeting”, he said.