It seems the reconciliation effort by the opposition party is futile, as former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, his running mate, Ifeanyi Okowa, as well as aggrieved members of the Integrity group led by former governor Nyesom Wike were all missing at the meeting of a select committee of the National Working Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party at the party’s secretariat on Tuesday.
PDP’s National Organising Secretary, Umar Bature, said the meeting was called to douse tension and kickstart reconciliation within the party in the aftermath of the election.
He said its members contributed to the outcome of the 2023 general elections and should be wary of pointing fingers at others.
He said the party would not apportion blame, suspend, expel, or accuse anybody of participating in pro- or anti-party activities during the last general elections.
"This party believes that Atiku Abubakar won the election, but we are in court, and without prejudice to what the court will decide, we will keep it aside. Let me acknowledge that this is not a NEC meeting, but an interactive meeting with the aim of jump-starting a reconciliation process.