PDP Crisis: Close Source Reveals When Wike, Other G-5 Govs Will Endorse Preferred Presidential Candidate
- Whilst they have refused to support the PDP flagbearer, Atiku Abubakar, Governor Nysom Wike and the G-5 governor are yet to publicly announce their preferred presidential candidate
- Interestingly, Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, the leader of the G-5 has publicly endorsed Peter Obi for president but others are yet to do so
- But a new report has indicated the period in which the PDP group would announce and endorse their preferred presidential candidate
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A new report by The Guardian has revealed when the Integrity Group of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), also known as G-5, will disclose their preferred presidential candidates.
According to the report, a few hours before the February 25, 2023 presidential election, the PDP G-5 governors will announce and endorse their choice of candidate.
G-5 failed to endorse a candidate in January as promised
Legit.ng gathered that the five governors, led by Nyesom Wike of Rivers state, had failed to publicly endorse any of the presidential candidates in January as promised.
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Other members of the group are Seyi Makinde (Oyo), Samuel Ortom (Benue), Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (Enugu) and Okezie Ikpeazu (Abia).
Close sources claim
A source close to one of the governors told The Guardian that Wike and his group “strategically changed their minds” from disclosing their presidential candidate in January because of “some recent political development.”
“You know they are politicians and they have to react to some unforeseen issues. But they will inform their supporters who to vote for about 24 hours to the election.
"Also, don’t expect them to go on air to announce it but their supporters will get the message.”
Wike and his cohorts are silent about their choice of candidate
Investigations by the newspaper further revealed that the inability of the embattled PDP governors to endorse a presidential candidate jointly might have forced them to keep silent and allow each of them to endorse any of the candidates.
PDP crisis: "Why I approved stadium for Atiku" - Wike reveals, sends message to Ayu
Governor Nyesom Wike has spoken on his reason for approving the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium for Atiku Abubakar's presidential campaign rally in Rivers state.
On Tuesday, February 7, Wike said he decided to give the facility to the party for the rally after some persons, whose names he did not mention, appealed to him.
The fiery and outspoken governor said he does not want it to be on record that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) lost in his state because he refused to approve the stadium for use.
PDP crisis: More trouble as Wike speaks on his rift with Atiku, warns party
Governor Wike said that the window to reconcile for Nigeria's opposition party, the PDP, is very small and will soon be shut.
Wike made this surprising disclosure during an exclusive interview while addressing his rift with the party's presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar and the PDP since after the primaries conducted in 2022.
According to the governor, his choice of who he decides to support for the 2023 presidential election will be clear to everybody "at the right time."