With hopes for a rapprochement with PDP presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar’s camp appearing to be fading, five aggrieved PDP governors met other party heavyweights on Sunday to discuss new options.
This happened as the camps of ACP presidential candidate Bola Tinubu and his Labor opponent Peter Obi expressed a willingness to seek the governor’s support to make their aspirations come true.
However, after a closed-door meeting in Lagos, the governors said the window for reconciliation with Atiku remained open.
In attendance were Governor Nyesom Wike (Rivers); Seyi Makinde (Oyo); Samuel Otom (Benue); Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (Enugu); Okezie Ikpeazu (Abia); The party’s former deputy national chairman, chief Olabod George; former governor Ayodele Fayose (Ekiti); Donald Duke (Cross River), Olusegun Mimiko (Ondo) and Jonah Jang (Plateau).
Also present at the meeting were former Attorney General and Justice Minister Mohammad Adok; PDP Southern States Vice President Taofeek Arapaja; Senator Nassif Suleiman; Senator Sandy Onor and Senator Sam Ohabunwa.
The meeting came days after the governors unveiled Siminalayi Fubara, the PDP gubernatorial candidate.
They had earlier met in Enugu, Benue and abroad.
The governors are at loggerheads with Atiku over PDP national chair Iyorchia Ayu’s refusal to resign.
Makind told the meeting that while he and his colleagues were the voices of their struggle, it had the support of party leaders and elders present.
He said: “We are meeting here this morning with our party’s Integrity Group, the PDP. We used to be the G5 — that’s the five PDP governors. The G5 is the Integrity Group.
“You can see us, the five sitting governors, as the voices of this fight, and the party leaders and elders you see here are the people behind those faces. We’re in the Southwest reviewing what’s going on in our party, Review our position and see what’s going to happen in the upcoming election.”
Shortly after the closed-door meeting, Jang reiterated that they maintained the position they had taken at the last Port Harcourt meeting.
“After carefully reviewing developments within our party, we have decided to uphold the decision we took at the Port Harcourt meeting. We hereby reiterate that the window of reconciliation for our great party, the PDP, remains open,” he said.
The governors then traveled to George’s home in Ikoyi, where Vick addressed the party faithful, pledging support for the candidate in the upcoming election.
Our reporter understands that if the expected truce with Atiku fails, the Integrity Panel will soon make a decision on which presidential candidate they intend to support.Sources at the meeting have indicated that the group has reached a point where a major decision needs to be made
Tinubu, Obi Camp
Meanwhile, Festus Keyamo, chief spokesman for the APC presidential campaign committee, said Hat Tinubu was focusing on consolidating his stronghold but wouldn’t mind taking advantage of the worsening crisis in the PDP.
Even as the LP candidate’s media assistant Emeka Obasi said, there is a possibility that his principal is working with the PDP Integrity Group.
Keyamo and Obasi were interviewed separately punch.
Keyamo said: “I am not aware of any talks between the APC and the G-5. At least, not as far as I know. However, despite their feud with the PDP, they are still members of the party to this day.
“Let me repeat countless times. For us, we proceed from the standpoint of calculating our strength without considering the quarrels or weaknesses of the PDP. We do not rely on it
“If the implosion of the PDP continues at the end of the day after calculating our strength, then we can see that as an added advantage, but not a factor tipping the scales towards victory. If they come through the door we open for them , could make it easier to win. Anything could happen. But we’re not focused on that possibility. We’re just saying politically that anything can happen.”
Likewise, Obasi told punch Obi may be willing to work with the PDP governor if it benefits the Nigerian people.
He noted, “There’s nothing stopping that. It’s a possibility. They can only work together if they’re willing to work for the Nigerian people. But if it’s not for the Nigerian people, you’ll see he won’t be allied with it.” .
“For anyone who wants to support him, the election is three months away. It’s a democratic process. There’s nothing stopping people from jumping ship whenever they want. So they’re free.
“There are some things we don’t force. If anyone will support you, he will support you wholeheartedly. These are not politicians by any means. They are governors with a voice, and they are not people you force them to support you. That should be according to them Conscience does things wholeheartedly.
“If you know my principal, he’s a guy who likes to be honest. He doesn’t promise you skyscrapers when he already knows what he can offer. For him, he can only offer what is good for the Nigerian people. s things.
“Anyone who wants to join him on that principle is free. But to go and start lobbying for someone is a commitment for him that he can’t keep. It’s just not his style,” he insisted.