Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel, and former Senate President Pius Anyim were absent at Wednesday’s parley between the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the 2023 southern presidential aspirants of the party in Abuja.
However, Mohammed Hayatu-Deen from the North attended the meeting.
Dele Momodu, Tari Oliver, Charles Ugwu and Kalu Chikwendu were among those from the South who were in attendance as Atiku commended them for accepting the outcome of the convention that produced him as the PDP standard bearer.
The former vice president promised to work with all of them ahead of the 2023 general elections, noting that they have various roles to play in the campaign.
Atiku had in May emerged the flagbearer of the PDP, polling 371 to defeat his closest rival, Wike, who got 237 votes.
Wike, a PDP strongman from the South, had been however aggrieved with the outcome of the primary, accusing party chairman Iyorchia Ayu of favouring Atiku.
Moves by the Atiku camp to placate him are yet to yield results.
The Rivers governor had given the stepping down of Ayu as a condition-precedent to any talks.
Ayu had vowed not to resign as party chairman, amid the war of words between him and Wike.