Opposition Governors Meet President Tinubu: Nigeria’s President Bola Tinubu held a meeting with the ‘G5 Governors,’ a group of opposition governors known as the Integrity Group, at the State House in Abuja on Thursday evening. The group consists of Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, and former governors Nyesom Wike of Rivers, Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia, Ifeanyi Ugwuwanyi of Enugu, and Samuel Ortom of Benue State. These governors are believed to have played a crucial role in President Tinubu’s electoral victory on February 25, 2023.
Reminder of Core Principles: Governor Makinde, speaking on behalf of the group, emphasized that their purpose in visiting the President was to update him on the current state of affairs in the country. He further emphasized that the G5 group wanted to remind President Tinubu of their unwavering commitment to fairness, justice, and equity. According to Governor Makinde, these principles continue to guide their actions and they remain steadfast in their pursuit of a better Nigeria.
Strengthening Political Relationships: It is speculated that the meeting between the G5 Governors and President Tinubu could be an opportunity for the governors to enhance their political prospects, both personally and for their respective states. Governor Makinde and former Governor Wike have recently been frequent visitors to the Presidential Villa, indicating a growing relationship with President Tinubu. By leveraging their cordial ties, these governors may seek to advance their political agendas while simultaneously addressing national issues.