PDP Crisis: Wike Reveals G5 Governor’s Final Position Over Ayu’s Resignation

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state has said party affiliation, ethnicity or religion will not determine the February 25, 2023 presidential election in Rivers state.

The Rivers state governor said this on Wednesday, November 16, when former Edo state governor Comrade Adams Oshiomhole inaugurated a flyover located in Rumueprikon, his country home in Obio-Akpor local government area, Port Harcourt.

Governor Wike also listed equity, justice and fairness as the conditions for a truce between the leadership of his Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the aggrieved Group of Five (G5) governors, The Nation reported .

Apart from Governor Wike, other G5 members are Samuel Ortom (Benue); Seyi Makinde (Oyo); Okezie Ikpeazu (Abia) and Ifeanyi Ngwuanyi (Enugu).

The governors are asking Iyorchia Ayu to quit as PDP national chairman to pave the way for a southerner to step in.

Their argument is that Ayu, a northerner cannot hold on to the position since Atiku Abubakar, another northerner has emerged as the party’s presidential candidate.

Governor Wike insisted that the G5 governors will not accept any reconciliation not based on the principles of equity, justice and fairness.

He renewed their position that elective offices must be shared equally between the North and the South in the opposition party ahead of the 2023 general election.

“We stand for equity, fairness and justice. That is what the G5 will continue to preach. We have said we are not against reconciliation but it must be based on equity, fairness and justice,” Governor Wike said.

Meanwhile, fresh pressure is mounting on the presidential candidate of the PDP, Atiku Abubakar, to review his earlier position on the face-off between him and Governor Wike and four other governors elected on the platform of the party.

Atiku had objected to the call of the removal of Iyorchia Ayu as the national chairman of the PDP, saying it is not a good time to change the leadership of the party.

But fresh indications suggest that Atiku has come under more pressure from chieftains of the party who feel the need for him to reconcile with the aggrieved governors ahead of the next presidential election in the interest of the opposition party.

The Nation gathered that some chieftains of the party intensified efforts to get Atiku to backtrack after Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State said he may withdraw from the PDP Presidential Campaign Council (PCC).

According to the reports, Atiku and the party may have decided to pursue fresh avenues in search of peace with Wike’s group following sustained pressure from some quarters within and outside the party.

Signs that Atiku may be succumbing to pressure emerged during the week when he welcomed reports that Wike and his group are favourably disposed to the resolution of the issues.

Sources within the party claimed that the renewed push for peace is being spearheaded by a group of stakeholders led by Governor Darius Ishaku of Taraba State and a prominent female politician from the South-South who is perceived as a strong loyalist of Governor Wike in the National Working Committee (NWC).

It was also gathered that some supporters of the presidential candidates in the leadership of the party as well as many gubernatorial candidates of the PDP are displeased with Atiku’s decision to move on without the aggrieved governor.

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