Three of the five G5 governors back Obi: ex-Ríos commissioner
A former Rivers State commissioner has revealed that three of the five dissident Peoples’ Democratic Party governors have decided to support Labor Party presidential candidate Peter Obi for the 2023 election, the Nigerian News Agency reports.
Better known as the G5, governors currently meeting in London to reach a joint decision before next year’s elections have taken up arms against their party for truncating the zoning deal for political office.
Rivers’ former commissioner, who requested anonymity, according to NAN, spoke to some reporters in Abuja on Wednesday. The source confirmed that the G5 governors’ agitation has come down to the shift of power to the south in line with the southern governors’ Lagos declaration.
The source mentioned that while three of the five governors running the LP presidential candidate are bound by Mr. Obi’s excellent record, the other two are playing some games of wit to survive politically.
She said, “You know that the presidential pageant is like a beauty pageant, where only registered participants are considered. The G5 governors agree that Obi is not a saint, but he comes with fresher features than the other candidates.
“It was these contrasting qualities, plus the Muslim-Muslim ticket, in the first place that drew a massive following among the main electoral demographic, youth, across the country for Obi.
“So, I can tell you with authority, the three governors who support Obi state that although APC has spread, it would be disastrous and suicidal if they support Tinubu with an awkward ticket against his people, most of whom are pro-Obi. .
“Therefore, the three governors are aware of the Electoral Law of 2022 and the enormous powers and independence that it has granted to the electorate.”
On Wike’s position on the division, the former commissioner noted that Governor Rivers knew all politics was local, adding: “Wike is not completely against Asiwaju, but he is deeply concerned about how his political detractors would react in the been if he slips.
Meanwhile, Osita Okechukwu, the Director General, (VON) has expressed his satisfaction with the consensus on the rotation of power among the members of the governors of the G5 Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP).
Okechukwu, leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), said the position of the G5 governors matches the noble and courageous stance of their 19 northern APC counterparts, which led to the rise of the former Lagos state governor , Bola Tinubu, as the APC presidential candidate. .
“Fairness, fairness, and justice demand that, out of national loyalty, neither section should dominate the other. This is the injustice that the PDP deliberately wants to hand down to Nigerians.”
While noting that the G5 consensus on rotating the presidency to the South has effectively ruled out the PDP’s presidential candidate, Mr. Okechukwu noted that it was up to the group to decide between the two main candidates from the South, Messrs. Tinubu and Obi.
“This latest conference of the G5 governors in London, led by Nyesom Wike, comes as the turning point for them to take a decisive stand to guide their supporters. It also rings the death knell for any possible reconciliation within the PDP,” he stated.