The G-5 governors of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), led by Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike, Governors Wike, Seyi Makinde (Oyo State), Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (Enugu State), Samuel Ortom (Benue State), and Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State clashed with Atiku Abubakar over the refusal of the party’s National Chairman, Dr. Iyorchia Ayu, to hand over his position to a southerner.
When news broke last month that the G-5 had reached a final agreement with the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu, Nigerians, particularly APC supporters, awaited a public announcement from Wike’s camp. However, the “fearless” group that vowed to fight for “justice and fairness”.
While Wike and Makinde were said to have agreed to openly work for Tinubu, Ugwuanyi and Ikpeazu were said to have agreed to work quietly for the former Lagos State governor in order to avoid the wrath of Labour Party (LP) supporters in the South-east. In contrast, Ortom chose to work for Obi. However, no one has made any public statements. Even Ortom, in a press statement supporting Obi, admitted that as a PDP member, he would not lead Obi’s campaign.
According to media reports, Ugwuanyi was present to welcome Tinubu for the APC presidential campaign in the state on Wednesday but did not say anything to show his supporters that the former Lagos State governor is his preferred candidate. So, where is the G-5 governors’ courage to fight “injustice”? Many people believe the governors are only concerned with themselves.