Despite the secret meeting between Atiku Abubakar and Nyesom Wike and pledge to reconcile their differences within seven days, it has been reported that the Rivers State governor may indeed back the emergence of Peter Obi as president.
GWG had earlier reported that Governor Wike is expected to receive top chieftains of the All Progressives Congress, APC to Rivers State next Monday and Tuesday.
Vanguard has reported that Wike may turn the other way towards Peter Obi of Labour Party if the issues are not well handled.
As a source told Vanguard: “Wike will not leave the PDP but he will act as a spoiler. Very soon, those who Atiku does not favour, whether in the choice of the campaign council or he misfires, are those Wike will latch on and use against the PDP candidate. He will be an opposition within the opposition.
Noting that Wike may back Obi despite the peace deal with Atiku, the source said:
“He is secretly supporting Peter Obi. It will be the same thing Rauf Aregbesola did to them in Osun State. Though Aregbesola did not decamp, he only instructed his supporters to back Ademola Adeleke. It is the same card Wike may play during the campaigns.”
Indeed, a chieftain of the party in Port Harcourt, said: “The onus is on Atiku and Ayu to lead their charge on being open to bringing something to the table, except they want to confirm that they induced Reuben Abati to send the message that a man who kept PDP afloat when all others jumped ship and when the party was sinking does not deserve some respect and recognition in the party’s power sharing equation.
“So, it is not about Wike’s people patronising Atiku and Ayu. Demands and terms have been speculated in the public space. It is not for Wike or his associates to advertise or debate them in the media. When mutual understanding is reached, people will know because Wike is an open person who despises backyard talks.”