The main opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, is considering expelling members of the G5 Governors led by Rivers State Governor, Mr. Nyesom Wike if they go ahead and announce their support for any presidential candidate other than Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.
The G5 Governors are Rivers State Governor, Mr. Nyesom Wike, Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, Samuel Ortom of Benue State, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State, and Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State.
A reliable source, who is a member of the PDP Presidential Campaign Council, who disclosed this to THISDAY yesterday, said another measure being considered by the leadership of the main opposition party was the dissolution of the party structures in the respective states of the G-5 governors, who are also referred to as the ‘Integrity Group’, and establish caretaker committees to run the affairs of the party in the five states.
According to the source who pleaded to remain anonymous, taking such action would also affect the political ambition of Makinde, who is seeking re-election as governor as well as Okezie, Ortom, and Ikpeazu, who are all contesting for the Senatorial seats in their respective states.
“Dissolving the party structure will also affect their loyalists who are contesting for different positions under the PDP in Abia, Rivers, Oyo, Benue, and Enugu,” the source added.
Alhaji Atiku Abubakar is the PDP presidential candidate for the forthcoming presidential election in 2023.
The G5 Governors have been calling for the resignation of the party’s National Chairman, Dr. Iyorchia Ayu, as their condition for peace in the party and to join the presidential campaign council of the party’s presidential candidate, Atiku.
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