Tension In PDP As G5 Governors Finally Agree Not To Back Atiku

The five disgruntled governors of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), popularly known as the G5, have finally decided not to back the party’s presidential candidate for 2023, Atiku Abubakar.

Following their meeting in London, the governors announced that they will not be supporting Atiku in the 2023 presidential election and have decided on a preferred candidate.

WITHIN NIGERIA recalls that Governors Nyesom Wike (Rivers State), Seyi Makinde (Oyo State), Samuel Ortom (Benue State), Okezie Ikpeazu (Abia State), and Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (Enugu State) resigned in protest of Atiku’s candidacy.

They demanded that the PDP National Chairman, Iyorchia Ayu, resign and be replaced by a Southerner as the only condition for supporting Atiku in 2023.

Despite several meetings and entreaties on how to resolve the disagreement, Ayu has refused to step down, and the Governors’ position has not changed.

The governors, according to a source, said there was no room for a final peace deal with Atiku because he had failed to meet their demands for weeks, particularly Ayu’s resignation and concessions to the South.

WITHIN NIGERIA recalls that Governors Nyesom Wike (Rivers State), Seyi Makinde (Oyo State), Samuel Ortom (Benue State), Okezie Ikpeazu (Abia State), and Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (Enugu State) resigned in protest of Atiku’s candidacy.

They demanded that the PDP National Chairman, Iyorchia Ayu, resign and be replaced by a Southerner as the only condition for supporting Atiku in 2023.

Despite several meetings and entreaties on how to resolve the disagreement, Ayu has refused to step down, and the Governors’ position has not changed.

The governors, according to a source, said there was no room for a final peace deal with Atiku because he had failed to meet their demands for weeks, particularly Ayu’s resignation and concessions to the South.

According to the source, the governors were also enraged by Makinde’s removal as the PDP Presidential Campaign’s Southwest Coordinator during their meeting in London.

The governors stated that they will not leave a critical meeting in London to meet with Atiku or any other Nigerian stakeholder.

The source said:

So far, the London meeting has succeeded in defining the position of the G-5 on Atiku. The governors have resolved not to work for the presidential candidate of their party.

They will, however, ensure the victory of PDP in other elections in their various states. The good thing is that the Presidential and the National Assembly Elections will come first on February 25, 2023.

The governors were unhappy that they gave Atiku enough windows to meet their demands, but he refused because he believes he can win without them.

They claimed that the little trust between them and Atiku has waned. They foresee vengeance against them if Atiku wins the 2023 poll.

Where there is need for alliance in their states, they said they are determined to prove to PDP and Atiku that they cannot be wished away.

Speaking further, the source said some South-South leaders invited Wike to a meeting in Nigeria for a deal with the PDP candidate before he left for London.

The Nation quoted the source as saying:

Wike told the South-South leaders that it was late in the day to have any meeting with them on the Atiku-Okowa ticket. He said the London meeting was more crucial than the one in Nigeria.

Some of the Southsouth leaders became helpless and may abandon their latest overtures.

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