‘Why Wike Met With Atiku After Meeting With Tinubu In London’

Fresh details have emerged about the meeting between the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu last week with the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike in London.

Tinubu and Wike reportedly met to discuss ‘plans’ to work together in the 2023 general elections. Reports emerging however, show that the meeting between the former Governor of Lagos State and Wike was not successful. Naija News learned that Tinubu did not agree to all the conditions placed before him by Wike. According to ThisDay, the unsuccessful meeting between Tinubu and Wike prompted the meeting between the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar and Wike also in London. Sources at the meeting noted that Tinubu refused to accede to Wike’s demands because he believed they were largely unrealistic and way above what he could bring to the table. Governor Wike was said to have asked Tinubu, “ensures if he wins the presidential election, which comes first, he will ensure he does not influence the outcome of the governorship and House of Assembly polls in Rivers, Benue, Oyo and Abia state that candidates in his camp and those of the other governors could win maintain control of the states. “He also wanted assurances that their men should be allowed to win Senate and House of Representatives seats, including the governors contesting senatorial elections. There was no headway on this demand either, since the presidential and National Assembly elections would take place the same day. “Tinubu, however, didn’t make any commitment and that was a red flag for Wike. The APC candidate only said, yes, he could look into the demands for Rivers, but he cannot do the same for Oyo, Benue and Abia; that it would be very difficult and will not want to come across as deceptive.” Wike and his allies who were not pleased with the outcome of the meeting saw Atiku’s meeting as a means to realign with PDP.

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