Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, on Saturday, met with former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir Lawal and Yakubu Dogara, former Speaker, House of Representatives in the state.
According to THISDAY newspaper, Dogara and Lawal, who are top chieftains of the All Progressives Congress (APC), met behind closed-doors with Governor Wike of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), at his private residence in Rumueprikom, Obio-Akpor Local Government Area of the state.
The meeting came a day after APC Northern Christian leaders held a summit in Abuja where they restated their opposition to the party’s Muslim-Muslim Presidential ticket and vowed that northern Christians will not vote for APC. PDP, the leading opposition party, has a Muslim-Christian ticket.
Speaking with journalists after the meeting, Dogara explained that their visit was in their bid to build an all inclusive Nigeria.
“Everyone agrees with us that Governor Wike is one of those indispensable political leaders. 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”, Dogara said.
Also speaking in similar vein, Lawal explained that their mission was a brotherly visit to the governor of Rivers State.
“We came to visit our brother. He (Wike) 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 the interaction with the Rivers state governor had nothing to do with the meeting some northern leaders held in Abuja on Friday.
“No, there are many things in the world for which you need to visit a brother, so this has nothing to do with our meeting in Abuja.”