Despite doubts in some quarters that the crisis within the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, may prevent talks between warring camps, the peace initiative conceived by leaders of the party took off in Port Harcourt on Friday.

Thus far, details of what actually transpired behind closed doors between Atiku’s and Wike’s side are still sketchy.

Members of the two delegations which sat face to face and attempted to address the crisis inside the PDP are saying very little about their encounter.

However, the Port Harcourt Telegraph understands that the conversations took place at two levels.

The first session, a source disclosed, held between representatives of both groups who apparently came prepared to have a talk that may fix differences that have put them asunder and raised tension in the party.

Thereafter, another meeting involving Atiku’s men and Governor Nyesom Wike also held behind closed doors.

It is not clear if the purpose was to deliver a special message from the candidate or if the intention was to brief the Rivers Governor about the outcome of the deliberations which held earlier.

The Port Harcourt Telegraph reports that Friday’s meeting appeared to have been largely exploratory, with some analysts who spoke with the publication suggesting the Port Harcourt meeting may likely lay the foundation for future deliberations.

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While Governor Ahmadu Fintiri who is the chair of a reconciliatory committee set up by the presidential flagbearer expressed confidence in the peace process and hope in his ability to broker peace, former Governor Olusegun Mimiko who spoke for Wike’s side said there may indeed be need for further talks.

Analysts on both sides may already be leafing through details obtained from Friday’s meeting as they weigh options open to them.

Within PDP circles, there are signs of relief. It is not the outcome of the meeting which has proved significant.

It is the fact that both sides were able, despite differences, to sit round the table under one roof to have a conversation.

At least, there are expectations as a result of the commencement of peace talks that the party may overcome its differences in the long run and present a united front when it matters most.

Governor Wike had warned that the PDP would be walking a bumpy path if it were to go for an election as a divided family.

Many in the party, some of them highly placed, agree that it might prove suicidal if the PDP were to ignore deep seated differences among its members on the way to an election.

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No one is sure when the next meeting will hold or where it will hold.

Although spokesmen for both sides in their individual briefs did not allude to this, many pray a new date for another round of talks will be announced quickly.

On Atiku’s delegation to the talks were the
Governor of Adamawa State, Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri; Hon. Adamu Waziri and former Ondo governorship candidate, Eyitayo Jegede.

Former Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mohammed Bello Adoki; Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State; former Governor of Cross River State, Donald Duke; former Governor of Ondo State, Olusegun Mimiko and former Governor of Gombe State, Dr. Ibrahim Dankwambo were part of the Wike team.