The five governors who oppose Senator Iyorchia Ayu’s continuation as the national chairman of the People’s Democratic Party will gather in Lagos on Sunday (today) for a strategy meeting.
Chief Olabode George, the party’s former national vice-president, revealed this in an interview with Sunday PUNCH on Saturday. He said the meeting would give the group an opportunity to review recent developments within the party before taking the next step.
While the agenda for the meeting was unclear at press time, our reporters learned that the group will discuss its position on the party’s presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar. The party’s national executive committee passed a vote of confidence in Ayu and other members of the National Works Council in September.
Wick is aggrieved by the results of his party’s May 2022 presidential primary, in which he defeated Atiku as runner-up and with four other governors on his side. The four governors are Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State, Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State and Samuel Ortom of Benue State.
The governors held a series of meetings and insisted that Tama must go. They have been at loggerheads with Atiku, who they believe has not done enough to force Ayu to resign, paving the way for a southerner to succeed him, although some party members say only a northerner could succeed Ayu if he leaves, based on the party charter.
Five governors resigned their memberships in the PDP’s presidential council in September. The commission has since continued its campaign, with a spokesman insisting the PCC is too preoccupied to be distracted.
However, George said, “We meet in Lagos on Sunday. The G5 and all of us who are urging the right things to be done in the PDP will keep their feet on the ground. I don’t want to say more, but the fact is that the PDP needs to get the house in order. Getting the house in order has to start with Obeying and believing in our Constitution begins. This country is made up of a North and a South. When the North takes one thing, the South takes another. It’s that simple.”
When reminded of Dele Momodu, Director of Strategic Communications of the PDP Presidential Campaign Committee, who recently stated that Atiku was incapable of getting Ayu to resign, George stated the position of the group, which also includes Donald Duke, Jonah Jang, Olusegun Mimiko, Cross River State, Plateau The former governors of the State and Ondo states, as well as former Information Minister Professor Jerry Garner, among others, will be announced after the meeting.
He dismissed Momodu’s comments, pointing out that the veteran journalist had only joined the PDP a few months ago and was therefore inappropriate to speak about fairness within the party.
He said: “After the meeting, we will have a discussion. Dele Momodu, my younger brother, just joined the party. How much does he know about the foundations, rules and purpose of the party? Atiku should speak, but he is avoiding it. The founder of this party was early The issue of a fair and equitable distribution of positions was raised in the formative stages of the party and they knew what they were doing.
“Again, I say we can’t go home and tell our people we don’t have anything to bargain with. Now we certainly can’t tell them the presidency will come from the South after the election. That’s all I can say for now.”
There are already signs that five governors may be mobilizing votes for another candidate. Ortom vowed not to support Atiku in Makurdi two weeks ago, calling his supporters enemies of Benue. A week later, Wick, hosting Labor presidential candidate Peter Obie in Port Harcourt, said the Rivers people would not vote along party lines. He promised to provide logistical support to Obie any time he came to the campaign.