NewsNigeriaPoliticsG-5 governors renege on the promise, fail to unveil preferred presidential candidate

The G-5, the aggrieved members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has failed to keep to their vow to reveal their preferred presidential candidate for the 25 February election.

The G-5 consists of governors Nyesom Wike of Rivers State, Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State, Samuel Ortom of Benue State, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State, and Seyi Makinde of Oyo State.

Since the emergence of Atiku Abubakar as the presidential flag bearer of the PDP, the party has been plunged into crisis.

The five governors have distanced themselves from the presidential campaigns, resolving not to work for Abubakar’s presidential bid unless the party’s national chairman, Iyorchia Ayu, a northerner, is replaced by a southerner for geo-political balancing of power according to the party’s constitution.

On Thursday, 22 December 2022, Wike, the leader of the group, said the G-5 would disclose their preferred presidential candidate in January.

Speaking while commissioning a project in Port Harcourt, Wike said he will not only tell his people who to vote for but also campaign for his choice of the presidential candidate throughout the country, boasting that “nothing will happen.”

Nigerians kept their hopes high only for them to realise that the Wike-led group pulled a fast one on them as the group failed to do the much-anticipated unveiling as of Tuesday, the last day of January.

The governors’ failure to reveal their choice of a presidential candidate has given a welcome fillip to speculations that they are yet to reach a consensus on which candidate to support despite having had a series of meetings with the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu and that of the Labour Party (LP), Peter Obi.

By Ezinwanne Onwuka (Senior Reporter)

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