Okowa meets Wabara, says PDP on reconciliation path
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The vice-presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, has said the party is moving towards reconciliation on the “little issues” in the party.
Okowa said this while briefing journalists after a reconciliation meeting with the acting Chairman of the PDP Board of Trustees, Senator Adolphus Wabara, at the Delta State Governor’s Lodge in Asokoro, Abuja on Saturday.
The PDP has been troubled since former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar emerged the party’s presidential candidate, beating the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, and others.
Wike was subsequently overlooked for the vice-presidential slot as Atiku picked the Delta State governor.
The Rivers governor claimed that the leadership structure of the party had been heavily dominated by a section of the country and called for the resignation of the National Chairman, Senator Iyorchia Ayu, for balance, fairness and justice.
Okowa said, “We are talking among ourselves as governors; I believe that there is still a little work to do, but a lot has been done. There are still issues to be dealt with; that is why you have seen the visit of the leaders of the party, the Board of Trustees.
“Where we are at the moment is quite difficult for the country; we have never been as divided as this; the level of insecurity and our economy is the worst hit; we have never gone this bad. When you look at the issue of education and look at the state of affairs in various states, there are obvious issues. We are in the best positions to truly deal with the issues of Nigeria at the moment.
“We don’t want those who will come to the office and start learning on the job; we are in a critical position, so we need an experienced man who also has the required level of humility and calmness, is detribalised and is ready to take Nigerians together. Until we understand that whether you are a Christian or Muslim, we may not be able to take Nigeria out of where it is at the moment.
“I believe that Atiku Abubakar is the answer for Nigeria because he has committed himself very clearly in his document to Nigerians, ‘My Covenant With Nigerians’; others are still thinking of what they will do; they have not been able to commit themselves on paper so that we can have a pathway to solve the problems of Nigeria.”
Earlier in his remarks, Wabara explained that the special reconciliation committee met with the party’s vice-presidential candidate to proffer solutions to the ongoing crisis in the party.
“The committee is properly enlightened on the issues and we are moving forward. Like I said the last time, we’ve been going round and we’ve met most of the governors; we will be meeting with our principal anytime from now and from there, we will meet with Governor Wike in Port Harcourt,” Wabara said.