2023: Dogara, Babachir Lawal, meet with Wike in Rivers


Ahead of the 2023 general elections, former Secetary to the federal government, Babachir Lawal, and Yakubu Dogara, former speaker of the house of representatives, havemet with Nyesom Wike, Rivers state governor, on Saturday.

The trio held a closed-door meeting at Wike’s country home in Rumueprikom, Obio-Akpor LGA of Rivers.

According to the former speaker, Dogara he said the visit was geared towards finding ways to build an all-inclusive Nigeria, while he described Wike as an “indispensable” politician.

“Everyone agrees with us that Governor Wike is one of those indispensable political leaders,” he said.

“For us, it is a search to build an all-inclusive Nigeria. So we feel that as part of the agenda-setting we should meet with him and that is the reason why we are here. And for the rest, whatever it is, maybe in the future we can discuss that.”

Also speaking, Lawal described the meeting with the Rivers governor as a brotherly visit.

“We came to visit our brother. He is our brother. So, every now and then, the Bible enjoins you to visit one another. That is what we just did,” the former SGF said.

Lawal said the meeting is not tied to the resolution of the northern Christian leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) at their summit in Abuja on Friday.

“There are many things that in the world for which you need to visit a brother, so there is nothing to do with our meeting in Abuja,” he added.

The former SGF and Dogara, while at the summit, had expressed strong opposition to the Muslim-Muslim presidential ticket of the ruling party.

Wike, a strong member of the Peoples Demorcatic Party (PDP), is currently at loggerheads with Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of his party.

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