Five aggrieved Governors of the Peoples Democratic Party otherwise known as G5 have announced the formation of the Integrity Group, ahead of the 2023 elections.
The Governors led by Nyesom Wike (Rivers), Seyi Makinde (Oyo), Samuel Ortom (Benue), Okezie Ikpeazu (Abia) and Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (Enugu) on Sunday met at the residence of the party’s former Deputy National Chairman, Bode George in Lagos where announced the new group.
Recall that the aggrieved Governors who rejected their nominations to be drafted into the Campaign of the 2023 Presidential Candidate of Nigeria’s main opposition party, Atiku Abubakar, had been consistent in their demand for the removal of the party’s National Chairman, Iyorchia Ayu, citing regional imbalance in PDP structure.
But, Ayu has insisted that he won’t step down till the end of his four-year tenure, even as the G5 made his resignation a precondition to support Atiku’s 2023 presidential ambition.
TheNewspad reports that former governor of Ekiti State, Ayo Fayose of Oyo State; Donald Duke of Cross River State; Jonah Jang of Plateau, deputy Chairman of the PDP, Taofeek Arapaja; Chief Dan Orbih, Senator Olaka Nwogu, Senator Mao Ohuabunwa, Senator Nasif Suleiman are among the top party men that were present st the meeting.
Mr Jang, former governor of Plateau State who briefed journalists at the end of the meeting, said group is still open to consultations towards resolving the crisis
He said: “We at this meeting have decided to stand on the decisions we took at our last Port Harcourt meeting. We hereby again reiterate that the window for reconciliation in our great party, the PDP remains open”.
On his part, Oyo State governor, Seyi Makinde pledged to briefing Nigerians on the update at the end of their deliberations.
He revealed that the G5 is all about the Integrity Group. You can see us, five serving governors, as the face of this struggle but the leaders and elders of the party that you see here are the people behind those faces
“We are this morning in the South West to review the situation within our party, to review where we are and to also look at what is going to happen in the coming elections”, Makinde said.