Wike, Makinde, others rule out support for Atiku in the 2023 elections

Aggrieved Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governors yesterday refused to support the party’s presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, in next year’s election.

The governors – Nyesom Wike (Rivers), Seyi Makinde (Oyo), Okezie Ikpeazu (Abia), Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (Enugu), and Sam Ortom (Benue) – have also rejected peace overtures from South South leaders, who have urged them to reverse their actions.

Wike and other Integrity Group members said there was no room for a final peace deal with Atiku.

The governors, who left the country three days ago, have stated that they will not sacrifice a critical meeting in London for any meeting in Nigeria.

According to a source, who spoke in confidence, the G-5 team shut its doors against Atiku because he has not yielded grounds on their demands, especially concessions to the South and stepping down from office by the National Chairman of PDP, Dr. Iyorchia Ayu.

The removal of Makinde as the Southwest Coordinator for PDP Presidential Campaign allegedly angered the governors at the session in London.

The source said: “So far, the London meeting has succeeded in defining the position of the G-5 on Atiku. The governors have resolved not to work for the presidential candidate of their party.

“They will however, ensure the victory of PDP in other elections in their various states. The good thing is that the Presidential and the National Assembly Elections will come first on February 25, 2023.

“The governors were unhappy that they gave Atiku enough windows to meet their demands, but he refused because he believes he can win without them.

“They claimed that the little trust between them and Atiku has waned. They foresee vengeance against them if Atiku wins the 2023 poll.

“Where there is need for alliance in their states, they said they are determined to prove to PDP and Atiku that they cannot be wished away.”

 

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