One-time Senate President David Mark, former governors James Ibori (Delta) and Peter Odili (Rivers) are the latest emissaries drafted by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, to plead with aggrieved Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike, it was learnt yesterday.

The opposition party yesterday pulled the brake on its scheduled rallies in three states, barely three days after it launched its presidential campaign in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.

Wike and his allies in the Ayu-must-go campaign boycotted the campaign kick-off.

The Rivers’ helmsman and his allies, including governors Samuel Ortom (Benue), Seyi Makinde (Oyo); Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (Enugu) and Okezie Ikpeazu (Abia) opted out of the PDP Presidential Campaign Council, following the refusal of Dr. Iyorchia Ayu to quit as the opposition party’s National Chairman.

It was learnt that the lingering rift between Atiku and the anti-Ayu elements triggered the temporarily suspension of the presidential campaign.

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