Report had it that on Thursday that the Presidential Candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has struck a deal with the members of the G-5, the five aggrieved governors who are members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Daily Trust had exclusively reported on Wednesday that Tinubu and the five governors will meet in Europe where a deal on their alliance for the 2023 presidency would be struck.
A reliable source close to Tinubu disclosed to Daily Trust this paper that the G-5 had a meeting with representative of the Tinubu on Wednesday at his London residence.
He said all the G-5 governors; Nyesom Wike (Rivers), Seyi Makinde (Oyo), Samuel Ortom (Benue), Okezie Ikpeazu (Abia) and Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (Enugu), attended the meeting.
Those present at the meeting from the side of Tinubu included Governor of Jigawa State, Badaru Abubakar and former governor of Ekiti State, John Kayode Fayemi.
“We have agreed to work together with the G5. The agreement rhythm with our desire to forge together a government of national unity.
“When the history of this political epoch is written, the names of Wike, Ortom, Makinde, Ugwuanyi and Ikpeazu will be written in gold for the courageous decision to place national interest above all other considerations,” he said.
The source also remarked that the governors are to remain in PDP and work for the actualisation of Tinubu’s presidency while pursuing their other political interests.
Another source close to a sitting governor confirmed the meeting but added that they are still fine-tuning the modalities of the alliance for the benefit of all parties.
Crisis have been rocking PDP since the emergence of the former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar emerged as the flag bearer of their party, the PDP. The crisis revolves around the five governors who have been calling for the head of the PDP national chairman, Iyorchia Ayu.
The G-5 governors were unavailable for comments as they away from the country. Wike had recently foreclosed supporting Atiku, he said he would make his candidate for the presidency known to the public next month.
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In a similar story, 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.
G-5 govs to make their position known January
In a similar report, 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.