2023: G-5 Govs Likely To Endorse Peter Obi On Jan 5

The Presidential candidate of the Labour Party Peter Obi has emerged the preferred candidate of the five aggrieved governors of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who are set to endorse him on January 5, barring any last-minute change.

An aide to one of the governors, who are currently meeting in London, United Kingdom, confided in CHECKPOINTCHARLEY, on the condition of anonymity, that the G-5 governors eventually settled for the Labour Party flagbearer, apart from him being the mostly qualified, “in the interest of the unity of our country, equity and fairness.”

Members of the G-5, Governors Nyesom Wike (Rivers), Seyi Makinde (Oyo), Okezie Ikpeazu (Abia), Samuel Ortom (Benue) and Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu states had been at loggerheads with the PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, over his failure to ask the PDP National Chairman, Iyorchia Ayu to resign.

The disgruntled governors had been adamant in their position that since Atiku, who grabbed the presidential ticket of the party is from the North, the Party Chairman cannot also come from the North.

Ayu, a former president of the senate, is from Benue in North-Central Nigeria.

The G-5 governors, otherwise known as members of the Integrity Group had given the stepping down of Ayu as a condition-precedent to supporting Atiku for president.

So far, Ayu has refused to step aside.

The G-5 members, it was gathered, would announce their support for Obi on January 5 in Ibadan when Makinde will kick off his campaign for relection.

Recall that former President Olusegun Obasanjo, a strong backer of Obi for President, had met with the governors in London in August where he aggressively made a case for Obi, and the need to serve justice to the Southeast.

Now, it looks like the G-5 governors would heed the advice of the elderly statesman.

On Christmas Day in Makurdi, Ortom, the Benue State governor, who has not hidden his admiration for Obi, said that if he was not in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), he would have been following the Labour Party candidate “all over the place cavassing votes for him.

He said this when Obi paid him a courtesy call in Makurdi after spending time with Internally Displaced Persons at the Abagana IDP camp, located along Makurdi/Lafia road in Benue State on Christmas Day.

“But because I am in PDP, I am still telling Nigerians that there is a man that can help deliver this country from the challenges that we have,” the governor said as he lauded Obi’s gesture.

Also Governor Wike had in November, at the venue of the Nkpolu-Oroworokwo Flyover inauguration, said that Obi has all the characteristic to be the president of Nigeria.

He had also pledged to provide “logistics support” for his presidential campaigns.

“Each time you want to campaign in the state, let me know, all the logistics support, we will give to you,” Wike told Obi in Port Harcourt.

The Rivers State governor had eulogised Obi, describing him as “a humble man with integrity.”

Meanwhile, Mr. Obi is being projected by the major polls to win Nigeria’s 2023 presidential election.

According to a new poll commissioned by ANAP Foundation, the former Anambra governor was signficantly ahead of Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who trailed him respectively.

Rabiu Kwankwaso of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) emerged as a distant fourth behind Messrs Tinubu and Abubakar.

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