With less than two months to 2023 general elections five aggrieved governors of the opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party are set to meet with Bola Ahmed Tinubu seal deal on the 2023 presidency.
Refusing to give detail of the date and venue, a source close to the former Lagos State governor and the presidential candidate of the All Progressive Party (APC), stated that any last-minute change, the meeting is scheduled to be held in any of the European countries this week.
The source, further confirmed that the meeting is meant to cement their agreement on the 2023 presidency with the governors.
He said the G-5 governors, comprising Nyesom Wike (Rivers), Seyi Makinde (Oyo), Samuel Ortom (Benue), Okezie Ikpeazu (Abia) and Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (Enugu) would at the end of the meeting make their preferred presidential candidate known.
The governors, as gathered by vidia.ng are already in the United Kingdom ahead of the meeting.
“The support by G5 for Tinubu is going to be a game changer, akin to the declaration of the G6 for the APC in 2014.
“We are meeting with the group this week in Europe to firm up the arrangement. They are first-class nationalists who believe in the Nigeria project and we shall work together for the good of the nation,” he said.
Against the backdrop of the PDP presidential primary elections that produced the former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, vidia.ng gath
ers that there has been a crisis bedeviling the opposition party.
The crisis rocking the leading opposition party, the PDP was further aggravated by the emergence of the Delta State governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, as the vice presidential candidate as a result the five governors called for the resignation of the national chairman, Senator Iyorchia Ayu.
Efforts by various stakeholders of the party to pacify the governors have failed to yield a positive outcome.
G-5 govs to make their position known January
Governor Wike who is the leader of the G-5 had on Thursday revealed that their position would be announced in respect of the presidential candidate come January 2023.
Wike spoke during the commissioning of a project in Port Harcourt, he said he will not only reveal to his people who to cast their votes for but will canvass support and campaign for the presidential candidate of his choice through the nooks and cranny of this country. “Nothing will happen.”
So, all of you who have been in suspense, who have been saying all kinds of things, abusing me; wait, January is here,” he said.
Similarly, the Oyo State governor, Seyi Makinde who spoke through his deputy, Bayo Lawal, declared his support for Tinubu.
Similarly, the Benue State governor, Samuel Ortom had in November said he would not support Atiku’s presidential bid.
Ortom, who spoke in the mids of his colleagues when they paid him a courtesy call in Makurdi, said “To hell with Atiku and anyone supporting him. They should go and tell him. You want me to be a slave for a Fulani. It’s better I die. Anybody supporting Atiku is an enemy of Benue”
All agreements would be respected – Tinubu’s associate
A member in the Presidential Campaign Council of the APC has disclosed that all agreements to be reached with the aggrieved five governors would not only be respected but treated with all sense of seriousness and commitment.
“Wike’s movement and key members of our team are like-minded and contemporaries. We are going to honour and respect all commitments we have entered into with them,” he said.
Recalling that one of the G-5 governors, the Benue state Governor, Ortom was inching towards Obi, the party chief,who is a former governor said; “For Peter Obi, the political arithmetic does not add up. No one bludgeons his way to the Nigerian Presidency through insults, threats and blackmail. It’s by building bridges that leaders emerge in Nigeria.”
Ortom had described Obi as the right candidate that who can solve Nigeria’s socioeconomic problems.
Prison Experience Humbled Me – Nyame
In another report, Jolly Nyame, former governor of Taraba State, has described how the country’s justice system works differently. He said this while expressing what he learnt from his over three years’ incarceration.
Jolly Nyame, former governor of Taraba State, has said that what he learnt from his over three years’ incarceration is that the Nigeria’s justice system works differently for people according to their social status.
Nyame, was jailed for fraud and granted presidential pardon on the grounds of age and ill health by President Muhammadu Buhari.