The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Board of Trustees (BoT) has established a committee to mediate between Nyesom Wike, the governor of Rivers State, and Atiku Abubakar, the party's presidential candidate, regarding the choice of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State as the vice presidential candidate.

Sen. Walid Jibrin, the board's chairman, presided over the meeting of the board on Wednesday at the party's national secretariat in Abuja.

Jibrin had earlier stated that the board would intervene in the disagreement to put a stop to it and make sure the main opposition enters the upcoming elections as a cohesive group.

He said that the conference would result in suggestions for how to resolve the conflict, and that its participants would then meet with the governor of Rivers and other past candidates for the party's presidential nomination.

Senator Abdul Ningi, a member of the BoT, who revealed the decision to form the committee in a statement to the media about the meeting's results, said: "We have established this committee of the BoT to be able to interface between warring factions, particularly the hostility that is taking place between the presidential candidate and governor Wike and any other conflict that is taking place in the country within our party formation.

"The committee is the overall committee. That implies that each and every other BoT member is a committee member.I'm unable to give you the details, including the timeline.

The BoT member responded to the call for Dr. Iyorchia Ayu, National National Chairman, to resign, saying, "We have not even considered any question of someone stepping down. We talk about what we spoke about, which was what I told you.

Atiku Abubakar, a PDP presidential contender, has meanwhile called for stronger cooperation between the governments of Nigeria and the United Kingdom in order to resolve problems that will benefit both nations.

When a group from the British High Commission, led by Catriona Laing, met with him at his Abuja home on Monday, he made this call.

The meeting covered a wide range of topics including security, education, agriculture, the economy, and promoting national unity in Nigeria, according to a statement from his media office.

The High Commissioner made a point of pointing out that the meeting with the former Vice President was a component of the UK government's ongoing efforts to strengthen democracy and hold fair elections in Nigeria.

There may still be disagreement inside the board regarding how to handle the problem as evidenced by certain Wike-supporting members' absence from the meeting.

When his complaint was brought up, it was revealed that some members thought the party could live without Wike, while others were said to have appealed for caution so as to not harm the party's chances in 2023.

According to information obtained, the topic of northerners holding the majority of the party's leadership seats was addressed, but no firm decision was made.