2023 Elections: PDP G-5 Governors Confused, Handicapped, Can't Sway Victory, Says Nabena
- Political leaders in the APC having a chummy relationship with G5 governors of the PDP have been advised to retrace their steps
- Yekini Nabena, a former deputy spokesman of the APC, says the aggrieved governors from the opposition party are inconsequential
- The Bayelsa-born APC chieftain stated unequivocally that the governors have no major influence on voters
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FCT, Abuja - A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Yekini Nabena, has said the aggrieved five governors of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) are confused, handicapped and lack capacity to sway election victory for any presidential candidate in the forthcoming poll.
Nabena cautioned political leaders, especially in the APC that still romancing with the aggrieved five governors to have a rethink.
The governors include Samuel Ortom of Benue state, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu state, Seyi Makinde of Oyo state, Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia state, and Nyesom Wike of Rivers state as their leader.
The G-5 governors emerged after Wike lost out to Alhaji Atiku Abubakar at the PDP presidential primary election, and the vice presidential slot of the party was offered to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta state.
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Speaking at a brief interactive session attended by a Legit.ng reporter on Friday, January 20 in Abuja, the former APC spokesman said Wike and the other four governors have not lived up to the expectations to deliver reasonable votes for any presidential candidate.
According to Nabena, the forthcoming general election is beyond the reach of some poorly-performed serving governors like Ortom, Ikpeazu, Ugwuanyi and Makinde, except Wike who has some infrastructure to show the people.
When asked whether his party will embrace the G-5 if they decide to work for Bola Tinubu, the Bayelsa born politician said:
"The G-5 governors are confused and handicapped whether as PDP men or as supporter of any opposition party.
"We have been hearing all manners of things. Today they are with Asiwaju, tomorrow they are with Peter Obi and next tomorrow they may work for Atiku. Which one do we believe?
"If they support our party and we win in the February presidential election, our members won’t see the G-5 governors as an ally to be trusted.
''Again if they change their minds and work for Atiku, and (God forbid) PDP wins after all they have told Nigerians, they will still be treated like pariahs. The same treatment will befall them in Labour Party. Therefore, give or take, these governors are losers in waiting."
Nabena urged Nigerians to ignore the governors, adding that no serious presidential candidate is still counting on their support to win in February.
He further said:
"The new Electoral law has reduced dramatically influence of seating governors to do magic during election unless the electoral umpire decides to handover the process to them. The less performing governors are the worst for it because electorates won't listen to them on election day.
"Again, the new innovations as introduced by INEC, if religiously followed, is another challenge for those who think they can sway the vote. This BVAS is not anybody's mate. People will decide and not governors any longer.
"I will advise those who are still waiting on the G-5 governors to shift their attention to the real voters because these governors won't be at the polling unit on election day."
When asked about his assessment of ongoing APC campaign rallies across the state of the federation, Nabena said:
"Tinubu's candidacy is nationwide accepted, that's why you see massive support wherever the campaign train goes.
"By the God's grace victory is certain for the APC and that's why I don't think we need the support of these paperweight G-5 governors because it will be unfair to our leaders in these five states who are working hard and mobilising for our candidate to be relegated for the PDP governors."
The APC chieftain, however, called for more inclusion in the ongoing process to deliver Tinubu/Shettima presidential ticket.
"I will call on our leaders to bring more people on board. There are certain people who are still aggrieved because of one thing or the other, especially as a result of primary elections that produced various candidate at all levels.
''The APC national leaders should do more to ensure genuine reconciliation across board."
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On his part, former Enugu state governor, Senator Chimaroke Nnamani has restated his preference for Tinubu to become Nigeria’s next president.
Nnamani, who represents Enugu-East in the Senate under on the platform of the PDP, insisted that Tinubu would be elected president in the forthcoming polls.
Nnamani said it was important for people to know that his support for Tinubu’s presidential ambition was not borne out of personal interest but for mainstreaming of Igboland into Nigeria’s politics.
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Meanwhile, Tinubu met with the party’s election planning and monitoring teams in preparation for the general elections on February 25 and March 11.
Addressing the party volunteers during the train-the-trainer session on Monday, January 16 in Abuja, Tinubu appreciated their efforts in agreeing to work for the party’s success in all the elections.
He noted that the party’s success greatly rests on their commitment to the assignment given to them.