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Wike, Makinde, Other Governors in anti-Atiku PDP camp to endorse Tinubu in January



Contrary to some newspaper reports that Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike and his aggrieved group of Peoples Democratic Party Governors have resolved to back the Labour Party Presidential Candidate Peter Obi for the 2023 election, facts have emerged that the governors actually reached an agreement to pitch their tent with Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, the All Progressives Congress standard-bearer.

Competent sources disclosed that the G5 Governors led by Governor Wike held a meeting with the APC presidential candidate during the week in London.

At the meeting they foreclosed working with the former vice president and Peoples Democratic Party candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, agreeing to back Tinubu for the election.

It was learnt that Governor Wike and Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde may lead the way by openly declaring for Asiwaju Tinubu in January, with the other governors in the camp following suit later.

It is, however, believed that Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom is in a dilemma having more or less thrown his weight behind Labour Party’s Peter Obi.

Sources however, revealed that all the five governors are united in their resolve  not work for Atiku.

The governors backed out of working for Atiku after PDP National Chairman Iyorchia Ayu failed to resign. The governors insisted that the North cannot produce the national chairman and the presidential candidate.

This was after Atiku had defeated Wike and others in the party’s presidential primary election in May.

They have since rebuffed every entreaties from the Atiku camp, saying they will only work for him if Ayu steps down.

The G5 governors have held various meetings with different camps, meeting Tinubu and Obi in separate meetings earlier in the year.

The meeting with Obi was facilitated by former President Olusegun Obasanjo who is known to be a major backer of the Labour Party presidential candidate.

Signs however started showing the G5 governors might support Tinubu when Makinde sent his Deputy Adebayo Lawal tó openly endorse Tinubu during the APC candidate’s meeting with Afenifere leader Reuben Fasoranti in October.

“Since he (Makinde) was sworn in as  governor, he hasn’t played with issues concerning Yorubaland,” Lawal said.

“There is no time Baba (Fasoranti) calls him that he doesn’t answer. Whatever they are doing, whether it’s under Afenifere or another group, governor Seyi Makinde has always been doing.

“Now, we are not of the same party, but we are connected by race. For this reason, the message he (Makinde) sent is that in Yorubaland, whatever you do, he is in support of it.”

Reports @ western post

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