Senate President Godswill Akpabio calls for the emergence of G5 Group in 2027 to secure victory for APC in the presidential election.
In a recent development, Senate President Godswill Akpabio has appealed to former Governor Nyesom Wike and his associates, collectively known as the G5 group, to establish another aggrieved faction within the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in preparation for the 2027 presidential election. Akpabio emphasized that this new group would work towards ensuring a successful victory for the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), just as the G5 did in the previous election.
During a thanksgiving reception held at the private residence of former Governor Nyesom Wike in Rivers state, Akpabio commended the efforts of Wike and the G5 governors in their pursuit of justice for Nigeria. He expressed gratitude to Wike for supporting the return of power to Southern Nigeria and endorsing the APC’s candidate, Bola Tinubu, over his own party’s nominee, Atiku Abubakar, in the 2023 presidential election.
“We are very delighted, we are proud to have G5. Please, ensure that in 2027, another G5 emerges so that APC will continue to do well in this country. And if you like, you can add two more, make it G7 and not only G5,” Akpabio stated.
The event witnessed the presence of all members of the G5 group, including Wike, as well as former governors Samuel Ortom, Okezie Ikpeazu, and Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi. Prominent figures such as Ayo Fayose, Umar Damagum, Peter Odili, Abdullahi Ganduje, James Ibori, and Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, representing President Bola Tinubu, were also in attendance, making it a gathering of influential personalities from various spheres.
It is worth noting that the G5, comprising influential politicians, played a significant role in the previous presidential election by advocating for a southern presidency after President Muhammadu Buhari’s two-term tenure. Despite their efforts, Atiku Abubakar secured the PDP’s nomination but faced resistance from the G5 in their demand for a southern replacement as PDP national chairman. Ultimately, Atiku lost in all G5 states, while Bola Tinubu emerged as the frontrunner, securing the highest number of votes and winning in 12 states.
Akpabio’s call for the formation of another G5 in 2027 signals the Senate president’s belief in the effectiveness of this faction in securing electoral victories for the APC. As political dynamics continue to shape Nigeria’s landscape, the emergence of a new aggrieved faction within the PDP could significantly impact the outcome of future elections.
Senate President Godswill Akpabio has urged former Governor Nyesom Wike and the G5 group to establish another aggrieved faction within the PDP ahead of the 2027 presidential election. This call aims to ensure a successful victory for the ruling APC, similar to the role played by the G5 in the previous election. The event, attended by influential personalities, highlighted the importance of strategic political alliances in Nigeria’s evolving political climate.