The strategising for power in 2023 has been escalated to foreign lands as former President Olusegun Obasanjo, on Thursday, met with the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi; and the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, in London, UK.
Watchers of political developments believe the meeting is part of negotiations ahead of the 2023 presidential election.
Wike attended the meeting with Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State; Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State; Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State and former Cross River State Governor, Donald Duke, among others.
It was gathered that a meeting between Wike and the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, will also hold in London later Thursday.
The PDP has been struggling to keep a united house after its primary with Wike and his allies publicly aggrieved after he lost to Atiku and was overlooked for vice presidential candidate, a crack in the party that may affect Atiku’s chances in the 2023 presidential election
Wike’s demand that PDP chairman Prof Iyochia Ayu be removed for a Southern candidate has yet to be accepted by the Atiku camp.
Party chieftains are worried at the growing relationship between Wike and influential members of the All Progressives Congress.
They showed concern over the meeting Wike and two other PDP governors held with the APC presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, in London on Monday.
The party chieftains fear that activities of Wike and the governors of Oyo and Benue states, Seyi Makinde and Samuel Ortom, may negatively affect the PDP’s chances in the 2023 presidential election.
It was learnt that the Tuesday meeting between Wike and Tinubu in the UK dominated discourse among the PDP hierarchy on Wednesday.
Obasanjo is known to support LP candidate Peter Obi for president.