A last-minute effort by former military President, General Ibrahim Babangida, former President Goodluck Jonathan, and prominent party leaders to resolve the crisis is currently underway and is anticipated to produce positive results following the frosty relationship between Atiku Abubakar, the Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) presidential candidate, and the Governor Nyesom Wike-led “Integrity Group” (G5).

It is in the public domain that Atiku and Wike continue to feud over the refusal of Iyorchia Ayu, the party’s national chairman to resign.

Nevertheless, all sides declared their dedication to ending the impasse before the general elections in 2023.

A member of the supposed “Integrity Group” revealed that there were efforts to get Atiku and Wike to reconcile.

 “A lot of people have intervened, they have told Atiku to go and reconcile with those, who are aggrieved.

”IBB told Atiku and his team to go and reconcile with Wike and his allies.

Other party leaders also told Atiku that he caused the problem and should go and solve it,” the source alleged.

Asked whether Wike and his allies were interested in making peace, the source said: “Honestly, there are so many people within the Integrity Group, who are genuine PDP leaders and have said that all Atiku ought to have done, which he can still do, is to ask Ayu to go.

“If Atiku should mount pressure on Ayu to resign, he will resign. If this is done, it will also be easy to separate the boys from the men.

Three zonal vice chairmen of the party are with the Integrity Group; there are also several of the candidates across the geo-political zones that are with the Integrity Group but they are ready for peace if Atiku is ready to play the game.”

Observers say Wike who is the supposed leader of the purported “integrity group” has failed integrity test by fielding the former Accountant General of Rivers State as the Governorship candidate of the PDP who is currently on the list of wanted person by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

The observers concluded that Nyesom Wike may not be fit and proper to talk about integrity.

EquityNews/Cynthia Akere

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