Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party, met with Rivers State PDP stakeholders in Abuja on Sunday night.
The meeting hosted in Abuja was a deliberate attempt by Atiku to avoid the wrath of the Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, who has vowed to work against the victory of PDP during the presidential election.
Speaking at the meeting with Rivers politicians, Atiku told them why he canceled the Rivers Recovery rally.
The PDP presidential candidate said he took the decision to avoid bloodshed, saying “my ambition is not worth the blood of anyone.”
Atiku noted that Rivers State and its people will remain dear to his heart long after the elections.
He promised full completion of the East-West road if elected to office.
Atiku also promised to revamp the federal government amnesty program upon becoming president, adding that the South-South will be fully carried along in his government.
Meanwhile, the co-convener, Senator Lee Meaba, assured the PDP of victory in Rivers State.
Senator Meaba also listed some other federal projects that Atiku should prioritize in the state when he becomes president.
Others at the meeting included the former national Chairman of the party, Prince Uche Secondus, Senator Ben Bruce, and former governor of Rivers State, Celestine Omehia, amongst other prominent party members from the oil-rich state.
The director of public communication, Senator Dino Milaye also stated that the meeting was compensation for the Rivers State rally, which was shelved by the party, owing to the impasse with Wike.