G5 governors meet Gen Gusau in London


In continuation of their meeting to fashion a strategy for the 2023 presidential election. the G5, lead by Nyesom Wike, the Rivers State Governor have gone to London, United Kingdom for a very crucial meeting with Gen Aliyu Mohammed (rtd)

The team left for the trip on Monday included Governors Samuel Or-tom (Benue), Seyi Makinde (Oyo), Ifeanyi Uguanyi (Enugu) and Okezie Ikpeazu (Abia).

The group has been consistent in their call for the resignation of the national chairman of the party, Dr Iyorchia Ayu, to pave way for the emergence of a southern politician as the party boss.

Failure to effect the change, they withdrew their support for the presidential candidate of the party, Atiku Abubakar.

However, it was learnt that a former National Security Adviser (NSA), Major General Aliyu Gusau (retd), has now waded into the G5 feud with the presidential candidate of the PDP.
There are reports that Gen Gusau invited Ortom to his Abuja residence for a meeting over the crisis and subsequently spoke to Atiku on phone.
It was gathered that the former vice-president, who was contacted while he was about to depart Owerri on his recent campaign trip to Imo State, had requested the Benue governor to wait for him on Gusau’s resi- dence, a request Ortom was said to have rejected.
Meanwhile, the G5 remains divided over the presidential candidate to support for next year’s elec- tion.
While Wike is said to be leaning towards the All Pro- gressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu, Gov.
Ortom has indicated his preference for the candidate of the Labour Party (LP), Peter Obi.
There are, however, strong indications that Obi may be favoured by the group.
It is believed that one of the reasons for the London meeting is to work towards a common ground on the presidential race.

Recall that the Director General of the PDP Presidential Campaign Council PCC,  governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Tambuwal, was supposed to return to Makurdi with the party standard-bearer for a meeting with Governor Ortom before Christmas but the meeting did not hold.

Tambuwal had stated this during a peace meeting with the Benue governor early in December at which time Ortom had advised him to reach out to other members of the G5 since he could not take decision on their behalf.

The source also revealed that the recent meeting between Ortom and Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State, who is the chairman of the PDP PCC, was at the instance of Emmanuel, who expressed discomfort at the absence of the five PDP governors at party meeting.

It was not clear whether the Akwa Ibom governor intends to continue his peace initiative with the aggrieved group.


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