Political horse trading continued Friday in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, as governors of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) met with Governor Nyesom Wike.
Governors Babajide Sanwo-Olu (Lagos), Oluwarotimi Akeredolu (Ondo), Kayode Fayemi (Ekiti) were among those who stormed the Ada George residence of their Rivers counterpart.
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The agenda of the visit was not made known to reporters. The high-profile politicians were said to have gone into a closed-door meeting shortly after the visitors’ arrival.
Sources close to Wike told Daily Trust Saturday that the visitors were led by former Governor of Ekiti State, Ayo Fayose.
Fayose has been very vocal about the presidency returning back to the south.
It has been rumoured that Wike has plans to defect to APC, having lost his bid to become Atiku’s presidential running mate.
Meanwhile, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) National Chairman, Dr Iyorchia Ayu, has returned to the country after over two weeks break outside the country.
Simon Imobo-Tswam, Ayu’s Special Assistant on Communication and Strategy, made the disclosure in a statement in Abuja on Friday.
Ayu is coming back to the country as the crisis rocking the party over the choice of Delta State Governor Ifeanyi Okowa as the vice presidential candidate of the party for the 2023 elections continues to fester.
Daily Trust Saturday reliably gathered that Ayu now has a herculean task to stem the agitation by some party leaders loyal to the Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike who insisted he must be relieved of his position for peace to reign.
According to the source, Ayu’s problem is now compounded in his absence as even some members of the Board of Trustee (BoT) and National Working Committee (NWC) are now divided into Anti and Pro Ayu groups.
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