The Presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, is under immense pressure from his supporters following reports that he has agreed to the demand by Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, for the replacement of the PDP National Chairman, Iyiochia Ayu.
It was learnt in Abuja, on Friday, that a number of agreements were concluded after the face to face meeting between Atiku and Wike in London. Part of the agreement, it was discovered, was that Ayu should be given a dignified resignation and accommodated in the new PDP government when it is established.
The Wike Camp also extracted a commitment from Atiku to be permitted to produce Ayu’s replacement and that the person should be from the South West Zone.
It is however uncertain if Atiku accepted the demand by Wike’s camp to rule for a single term so as to allow power to move to the south to pacify feelings of betrayal of southerners.
The Wike camp which outnumbered the Atiku camp two to one at the London meeting was also able to extract a commitment from the PDP candidate to produce the Senate President and some Principal officers of the National Assembly.
Members of the Wike camp will also be appointed into yet to be agreed important ministerial positions as well as the headship of Federal parastatals and agencies if they win the 2023 general elections.
In return, the Wike camp agreed to play an important role in canvassing the Atiku/ Okowa ticket and providing logistics for the general campaign.
A source familiar with the development who confided in Journalist, said, “ It was also agreed that media hostilities should cease and this was largely responsible for the statement Atiku caused his Media Office to issue on Thursday.
“Atiku was left with little room to negotiate, he was outnumbered and the open solicitation by the candidates of the Labor Party and the All Progressives Congress, Mr. Peter Obi and Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu did not help matters.”