As part of the ongoing reconciliations, gathered that Atiku met with the gubernatorial candidate of the party, Mr. Mohammed Wada, in Dubai and also met with Senator Dino Melaye, one of the contenders for the party’s ticket, on how to mend the cracks that became bigger after the party’s primaries.
A source, who spoke with our correspondent, said that Atiku decided to wade into the crisis and ensure reconciliation, following Melaye’s rejection of the offer to lead the PDP governorship electioneering campaign in the state.
The PDP governorship candidate reached out to Atiku to wade into the matter after meeting with his brother, and former governor of the state, Idris Wada.
It was further gathered that the inability to achieve reconciliations between the PDP governorship aspirants especially, stalled the flag-off of the main electioneering campaign.
Atiku would also meet with the former governor of Kogi State, Ibrahim Idris, to reconcile him with his son, Suleiman, who is believed to be the sponsor of the PDP governorship candidate.
He said: “The essence of Atiku meeting the former Kogi State governor is to make him to ensure that his son withdraws his suit against Wada from court and pave the way for the flag-off of the governorship campaign in the state.
“The crisis in Kogi State PDP is becoming intractable because the former governor who ruled the state between 2003 and 2011 is at war with his son, Suleiman and his mother for supporting Jubrin Isa for the governorship election. So, in 2019, the children of Ibrahim Idris saw it as an opportunity to pay back their father in his own coin by supporting Mohammad Wada against the person whom their father is supporting, Mohammed Ibrahim.
“The matter is so delicate as the winner of the 2019 PDP governorship is the younger brother of the former governor who ruled the state from 2011 to 2015.”
According to the source, Atiku’s main assignment is to persuade the former governor to ask his son to withdraw his court action against his brother-in-law who is married to his blood sister.
Atiku, it was learnt, will ensure that the former governor supports the PDP governorship candidate.
THISDAY gathered that the main opposition party in the state believed that a genuine reconciliation with the former governor would give the Igala votes, which account for over 54 per cent of the voting population in the state, to the PDP.
The intrigues have continued as nine former governorship aspirants from the state had endorsed the candidature of Wada.
Speaking during a media briefing, one of the contestants during the September 3 primaries, Mr. Mohammed Tettes, stated that 10 of the former governorship aspirants had endorsed Wada.
According to him, the other former aspirants who contested against Musa include Wada, Mr. Emmanuel Omebije, Air Vice Marshal Salifu Atawodi (rtd), Grace Adejoh, Dr. Joseph Erico, Alhaji Kabiru Haruna, Adebayo Averehi and Aminu Sulaiman.
Eight of the former aspirants were present during the briefing, while Atawodi and Adoji were said to have travelled out of the country but had declared their support for Wada.