PDP Crisis: No Love Lost Between Wike And I, We Remain Friends – Okowa

THE Vice Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Ifeanyi Okowa, says there’s no bad blood between him and Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State.

Speaking on the ongoing crisis in the PDP, Okowa said Wike is his friend.

The Delta State governor said he was making an effort to reconcile with Wike, adding that everything was being settled gradually.

Wike is displeased and aggrieved over PDP presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar’s choice of Okowa as his running mate.

Atiku had allegedly rejected the recommendations of a committee he set up to select his running mate after his victory at the PDP presidential primaries.

The 16-man committee had recommended Wike, who came second during the party’s primary election but Atiku opted for Okowa, insisting that he picked who could deliver.

Speaking on the development, Okowa, however, said in an interview with BBC pidgin, “We have been talking internally. Everything is being settled. You know that when something happens and everybody can’t agree, it’s settled bit by bit.

“That is what we are still working on from the inside. We are finding a way to talk. I will say, he is my friend, I am his friend, and we will find a way to talk.

“Atiku has said his own version of what happened, and I am sure that version he said is the true position. I am also not saying that Wike is lying, but if someone carries their anger, it is important to air your views. For us in the party, it’s about how to bring everybody together, how all of us can work together. Wike is still a very important member of the party, he has worked so hard for the party as many of us have worked hard too, so we pray that everything comes together and we talk. I’m sure very soon we will be sitting down.”