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Tinubu returns from France amid running mate controversy


Governors Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State, Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State and Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State on Friday, met with their Rivers State counterpart, Nyesom Wike, in Port Harcourt.

This is coming amid the defection rumours of Wike from the Peoples Democratic Party after he was schemed out of PDP’s presidential primary.

The three South-West governors were believed to be in Port Harcourt as emissaries of the All Progressives Congress and its presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu.

It was gathered that the ruling party and Tinubu want to capitalise on the crisis in the opposition party to seek the support of Wike for the forthcoming presidential poll.

Photos from the meeting also showed that former Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, was in attendance.

Premium Politics had earlier reported that Fayose, a PDP chieftain and presidential aspirant at the last primary, said it is the turn of the South to produce the next president, a tacit opposition to the candidacy of Atiku.

On the other hand, the Rivers governor has tacitly opposed Atiku’s choice of Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, as his running mate.

Wike has since his defeat at the PDP primary hosted the presidential candidates of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, and that of the New Nigeria People’s Party, Rabiu Kwankwaso, in Port Harcourt, sparking defection rumours.

Lately, the Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom, decried the treatment the PDP and Atiku allegedly meted on Wike and advised the candidate to placate the governor.

Other leaders of the party, such as the chairperson of its Board of Trustees, Walid Jibrin, and former governor of Plateau, Jonah Jang, have also issued the same advice.