A top member of the Atiku Abubakar team has said that the presidential hopeful and his allies have “moved on” from the disagreement with Governor Nyesom Wike and other members of the G5 governors of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Newsbreak.ng reports that there seems to be no end in sight to the lingering crisis between the camps of the PDP presidential candidate for the 2023 election, Atiku, disgruntled governors, and some party leaders.
Last week, Atiku expressed his readiness to engage the five governors, who earlier in the week, insisted that reconciliation doors were fully opened.
This news medium however gathered that a truce between the parties was not in sight given the failure of the aggrieved governor to shift grounds on their demand.
The governors; Wike (Rivers), Seyi Makinde (Oyo), Okezie Ikpeazu (Abia), Samuel Ortom (Benue), and Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu states are demanding the resignation/removal of the PDP National Chairman, Iyorchia Ayu, as a condition to return to the party’s presidential campaign fold.
“We have since moved on. The truth of the matter is that no matter what you do at this point, the other side has made up its mind on what it wants to do,” the member of the Atiku team told Vanguard.
“We have a campaign and an election to contest and the best strategy is to keep our eyes on the ball and try as much as possible to avoid distractions.
“Our candidate has bent over backwards to accommodate as many aggrieved party members as possible.
“He has said it time and again that he has no power under our Constitution to compel Ayu to resign.
“Assuming but not conceding that he possesses such power, what message will he be sending to his supporters within and outside the party if he sacrifices Ayu? The truth is that the train has since left the station; we need each other but not at the cost of the interest of our party and the generality of Nigerians.”