Governor Ahmadu Fintiri of Adamawa State has been appointed to lead former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar’s reconciliation team as part of ongoing efforts to resolve the lingering feud between Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State and the Peoples Democratic Party’s presidential candidate.
Fintiri told journalists about his new assignment while answering questions on whether the PDP’s internal crisis was not capable of hurting the party’s electoral chances in 2023 on Saturday.
He stated that he had been made the chairman of the reconciliation committee set up by Atiku to resolve his feud with Wike.
Fintiri, who stated that he was the right man for the assignment, said with God’s help he could broker a truce between Atiku and the Rivers governor, who came second in the PDP’s presidential primary. This was after he had joked that with his bromance with Wike and Atiku, he was in a good stead to help resolve the rift between the two politicians, saying, “I am an embodiment of both men.”
He gave an assurance that the crisis rocking the party would be resolved amicably before the general elections next year.
While acknowledging the enormity of the task at hand, he stated that there were encouraging signs that the committee would succeed in brokering a peace deal following his first meeting with Wike.
Fintiri explained that his Rivers State counterpart had made substantial investment in the party to let it all go to waste if he refuses to back Atiku for the poll.
He said, “Who are his friends in the APC? Are you telling me that those who are now romancing Wike love him? I can assure you that with God, the party will put its house in order before the 2023 elections. Even Wike knows that he has been by far the biggest investor in the party; can he now walk away from all of his investment? We recognise that he loves his people and I can assure you that he will have a fair deal if it comes to that; we just need to put the crisis behind us.”