- Atiku Abubakar and the leadership of the PDP is working to ensure the house is in order a few months before the 2023 elections
- To further confirm the development, the governor of Delta state, Ifeanyi Okowa noted that the party is working to reconcile aggrieved members ahead of the polls
- Meanwhile, Rivers Governor Nyesom Wike and his loyalists are standing their ground insisting PDP national chairman must go as they continue their romance with members of the opposition party
The vice presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Ifeanyi Okowa, has hinted that the party is working assiduously to reconcile the G5 governors in the build-up to the 2023 general elections.
Okowa and some other south-south PDP governors including Udom Emmanuel (Akwa Ibom), Godwin Obaseki (Edo) and Douye Diri (Bayelsa), hosted the G5 governors to a meeting inside the Government House, Yenagoa, Bayelsa state capital on Wednesday, November 23.
Okowa gives update on PDP crisis
A statement signed by Bayelsa State governor, Duoye Diri’s chief press secretary, Mr Daniel Alabrah, quoted Okowa as saying that the governors were determined to deliver their party in next year’s presidential election, The Punch reported.
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He said the issues involving their party’s G5 governors led by the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, were being addressed.
Okowa assured that the PDP presidential candidate and the five other governors will meet soon.
The Delta governor said,
“We believe that we are one family. There are still issues and they are being attended to. Very soon there will be a meeting between the presidential candidate with the G5 governors.
“They are part of the family and we are not going to allow them to go. So, obviously, everything is being put in place to reconcile all differences and move together as a family.”
Also speaking, Diri described the south-south as a stronghold of the PDP, boasting that the party will emerge victorious at all levels in next year’s general election.
“I can only say on behalf of the government and the people of Bayelsa State, we appreciate the South-South governors.
“As my brother, the governor of Edo has stated, we are one. In a family, there are always disputes. Those disputes do not separate us. We will resolve them and we continue to push on as one.”
In his remarks, Governor Obaseki of Edo State said they were in the state to show support to the government and people of Bayelsa over the recent monster flood that ravaged the state.
2023: What will happen if PDP suspends Rivers Governor Wike
There are concerns at different quarters, especially among members of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, on why Governor Nyesom Wike remains untouchable despite his recent activities and comments about the PDP that appears to be directly working against the party and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar.
Legit.ng recalls that Wike is one of the five governors of the party who are not comfortable with the state of things in the party and have requested the sack of the party's National Chairman, Iyorchia Ayu.
The five governors who call themselves the G-5 or the integrity group have alleged that there is a total absence of equity and justice in the party considering that both the party's National Chairman and the presidential candidate are from the north.
PDP crisis: Wike, G5 governors releases fresh update for Atiku, other party leaders
Members of the G5 governors elected under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and other aggrieved leaders of the opposition party have said that they are still open to reconciliation with the presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar.
The aggrieved PDP members agreed that there is a need to resolve the crisis within the party in preparation for the forthcoming 2023 election.
Speaking after a closed-door meeting, a former governor of Plateau state, Jonah Jang said the group of aggrieved PDP members who have tagged themselves as Integrity Group had not closed its doors on reconciling with Atiku.