Atiku, Okowa Hold Closed-Door Meeting With Makinde

The Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, and his running mate Ifeanyi Okowa, today, met in private with the governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde, at the Government House in Agodi, Ibadan.

The meeting which had members of the PDP National Working Committee (NWC) in attendance was held after the party’s southwest stakeholders meeting, where Governor Makinde had publicly restated his demand for the PDP Chairman, Iyorchia Ayu to step down.

Although the meeting details have not been publicized, it is believed that the party’s flag bearer is trying to reconcile the parties’ disagreements.

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Governor Makinde, in the PDP Southwest stakeholders meeting earlier today, said, “The message from the South West PDP is the South West is asking that the National Working Committee of the PDP should be restructured.

“We are asking the National Chairman to step down so that the South will be fully included. That is the message.”

Also recall that last Saturday, Governor Makinde voiced his dissatisfaction with the novel arrangement in the party that now allows the party chairman and presidential candidate to come from the same region.

According to Makinde, the PDP cannot restructure Nigeria if it fails to restructure the party.

The internal brawl has lasted for months since Mr. Makinde’s ally, Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State, lost the presidential primary election.