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PDP Crisis: BOT meets Okowa in Abuja

Members of the board of trustees of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) have met with the vice Presidential Candidate of the party, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta state as part of efforts to solve the leadership crisis rocking the party ahead of the 2023 general election.

At the end of the meeting which was held behind closed doors, the Acting Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Senator Adolphus Wabara told journalists that they had been properly briefed by the vice-presidential candidate on these issues; hence they were better enlightened on the ways of moving forward.

“Like I said the last time, we have been going around and we met most of the governors. In the coming days, we will also meet with the principal, the Presidential candidate, and former Vice-President, Atiku Abubakar. From there we will proceed to meet with Governor Wike,” Senator Wabara told the reporters.

Expressing optimism that the crisis would soon be resolved, Senator Wabara explained that they had earlier met with some other Governors, including Samuel Ortom of Benue state, Seyi Makinde of Oyo, Ahmadu Fintri of Adamawa, Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia and Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State.

The PDP Vice-Presidential candidate, Dr Okowa said he believes the aggrieved members of the party would not destroy the house they built.

“Governors and other members who are aggrieved are members of the party,” he said.

“I believe that my brothers would all work for the party, PDP is home and they belong to that home. They’re not going to destroy their home. So, we will allow it together. I do believe that we’ll continue to talk with ourselves and resolve the little issues that are left,” He added.

Describing the situation as “difficult”, he noted that The country “has never been as divided as this”, insisting that the level of insecurity “has not been this bad”.

Governor Okowa said the PDP presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, remained the only person who can unite the nation and move it to rise above the current high level of insecurity and division.

“It Is important that Nigerians work and support the PDP to deliver the Nigeria of our choice as we move into the future,” he said.

Those who attended the meeting included former Minister of Special Duties and Intergovernmental Affairs, Kabiru Tanimu – Turaki, Former Deputy National Chairman of the PDP, Alhaji Shuaibu Oyedokun, among others.

Reporting by Victorson Agbenson; Editing by Abdullahi Lamino and Tony Okerafor