Speculations suggest that the recent meeting of former Senate President, Bukola Saraki, with the Federal Territory Minister, Nyesom Wike, might be related to the Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) chairmanship.
Footage revealed him showcasing his cooking prowess in the kitchen to greet the former Senate President.
Many online discussions were sparked by this visit, with several social media users criticizing Wike for preparing a meal for Saraki, similar to what he did for Femi Gbajabiamila on his recent visit.
Nevertheless, the true purpose of Saraki’s visit to Wike’s home became clear as well-informed insiders stated it was unconnected to the PDP chairmanship race.
A reflection on the post-2023 general elections shows that Saraki was on the campaign team of the representing nominee, Atiku Abubakar. However, Wike objected, as he and fellow G5 members demanded the resignation of the then troubled PDP chair, Iyorchia Ayu.
In a conversation with The Punch, a trusted insider and a high-ranking member of the PDP National Working Committee disclosed that the rationale behind the Wike-Saraki meeting concerned the successor of the PDP’s Acting National Chairman, Umar Damagum.
The source pointed out that Atiku and a few party chiefs have eyed Saraki as Damagum’s replacement, believing he has the ability to advance the party.
Meanwhile, the party is waiting for the Supreme Court’s judgment on Atiku’s appeal against President Bola Tinubu’s win in the February 28 presidential election.
The source added: “It is known that Atiku, our party’s presidential candidate, and other party leaders are deliberating over Damagum’s successor. Recently, Atiku and a few leaders have shown favor towards Saraki.
“Saraki was chosen as they believe he possesses the appeal and political determination to revitalize the party. Thus, discussions are ongoing among the stakeholders.”
As to when the PDP intends to announce the upcoming national chairperson, the source stated: “What’s halting the process currently is the lawsuit involving Atiku and the PDP being reviewed by the Supreme Court.
“As soon as the Supreme Court pronounces a judgment on the issue of the presidential election between now and November, leadership can openly express their views and situation will improve.”
However, when approached for a statement, Saraki’s media aide, Yusuph Olaniyonu, labeled the visit as a “social call”.