Rivers State Governor, Ezenwo Nyesom Wike has met with former Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Seriake Dickson, the first time in two years, since they both fell out over political issues and the disputed Soku oil wells.
The behind-closed-door meeting took place at the Maitama, Abuja residence of the former governor and also had the immediate past Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu in attendance.
The Niger Delta strong political figures did not address the press after the meeting but only posed for a photograph and as at the time of filing this report no statement had been issued by their media handlers.
However, a source privy to the meeting said it was a necessary gathering, meant for reconciliation and to foster unity in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), that was recently hit by leadership crisis.
While Wike was among those calling for the sack of the Prince Uche Secondus-led National Working Committee (NWC), Sen. Dickson kicked against it, insisting that they should be allowed to serve out their tenure until the next convention of the PDP.
It took the intervention of elders, governors and other critical stakeholders to resolve the issue with consensus agreement that the convention should be brought forward, earlier than originally scheduled.
In 2019, Dickson accused Wike of inciting ethnic disharmony in Ijawland as a result of his pursuit of a supremacist agenda.
He added that Ijaw leaders like him have made sustained efforts to forge solid bonds of unity among the people which people like Wike and others cannot destroy.
But Wike fired back at Dickson, alleging that he deliberately allowed the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) to win the 2019 governorship election in Bayelsa.
It was the second time both leaders will be publicly engaging themselves as they did so in 2017, after Dickson, as the then chairman of the PDP reconciliation committee, insisted that Ali Modu Sheriff was the authentic national chairman of the party and not Ahmed Markafi, who Wike was strongly supporting.
But the recent meeting of both men, showed that they may have buried the hatchet for the sake of their party ahead of the 2023 general elections.