No fewer than four governors of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have teamed up as a counter force to check what they perceive as the excesses of Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike in his face-off with the party’s presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, and the party’s national chairman, Dr. Iyorchia Ayu.
Governors Godwin Obaseki (Edo), Ahmadu Fintiri (Adamawa), Duoye Diri (Bayelsa) and Darius Ishaku (Taraba) are being backed by several notable members of the party in the evolving stand-off, The Nation gathered yesterday.
Wike and three of his governor allies, Seyi Makinde (Oyo), Samuel Ortom (Benue) and Okezie Ikpeazu (Abia), departed for Spain on Friday night for their next round of strategy on the crisis in the PDP.
Sources said Enugu State Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi might join them later. Members of the anti-Wike group are said to have resolved to resist Ayu’s resignation as the party’s national chairman.
Party sources said they have even issued their own threat to dump Atiku’s campaign should Wike and his group be allowed to have their way on Ayu’s exit.
It was gathered that Atiku was at a point considering bowing to the pressure from the Wike group by persuading Ayu to step down in the interest of peace in the party ahead of the presidential election.