At a meeting between the PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, and newly elected and returning governors, five governors under the G5 group were conspicuously absent. The PDP has been embroiled in a rift between Atiku and the G5 group since Atiku’s emergence as the party’s presidential nominee in May 2022. The group is fighting for equity, fairness, and justice, and includes southern aspirant Wike, who was a frontrunner in the presidential primaries. However, the G5 refused to support Atiku as he is a northerner who contravenes the party’s zoning principle.
- Five governors under the G5 group were absent at a meeting between the PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, and newly elected and returning governors.
- The G5 group is fighting for equity, fairness, and justice, including southern aspirant Wike, who was a frontrunner in the presidential primaries but lost to Atiku.
- The G5 refused to support Atiku as he is a northerner who contravenes the party’s zoning principle.
Demand for Equity, Fairness, and Justice within PDP
The G5 governors, Nyesom Wike, Seyi Makinde, Samuel Ortom, Okezie Ikpeazu, and Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, are demanding equity, fairness, and justice in the PDP. The group banded together in their struggle for these principles after the presidential primary of the party in May 2022, which saw Atiku emerge as the nominee, widely considered a contravention of the party’s constitution and zoning principle. The demand was not heeded, and the conflict between Atiku and the aggrieved PDP governors has been partly attributed to his loss in the presidential election.
Potential Impacts on PDP’s Future
The absence of the G5 governors at the meeting with Atiku raises questions about the future of the PDP and the party’s ability to resolve the internal rift. The G5 is an influential group, and their absence indicates a lack of unity within the party. The PDP needs to address the issues raised by the G5 to regain the trust of its members and potential supporters. Failure to do so could result in a weakened PDP and a loss of support in future elections.