G5 PDP govs meet in Lagos today
The five governors opposed to Senator Iyorchia Ayu’s continued stay as the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party will on Sunday (today) converge on Lagos for a strategic meeting.
A former National Vice Chairman of the party, Chief Olabode George, disclosed this in an interview with Sunday PUNCH on Saturday. He said the meeting would avail the group the opportunity to review recent developments in the party before taking its next step.
Although the agenda of the meeting was not clear as at press time, our correspondent gathered that the group will discuss its stand on the party’s presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar. The National Executive Committee of the party had in September passed a vote of confidence on Ayu and other members of the National Working Committee.
Wike, who became aggrieved over the outcome of the party’s presidential primary in May, 2022, where he emerged as the first runner up to Atiku, has had four other governors on his side. The four governors are Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State, Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State and Samuel Ortom of Benue State.
The governors have held a series of meetings and insisted that Ayu must go. They have been at loggerheads with Atiku whom they believe had not done enough to compel Ayu to quit his post to pave way for a southerner to succeed him, even though some party members said only a northerner could succeed Ayu if he leaves, based on the party’s constitution.
The five governors in September resigned their membership of the PDP Presidential Council. The council has since moved on with campaign activities, with its spokespersons insisting that the PCC was too focused to be distracted.
However, George said, “We are meeting in Lagos on Sunday. The G5 and all of us pressing for the right thing to be done in the PDP will be on ground. I don’t want to say more but the truth is that the PDP needs to put its house in order. Putting the house in order must start from obeying and believing in our constitution. The country is made up of the North and South. When the North takes one thing, the South takes the other. It is as simple as that.”
When reminded that the Director of Strategic Communications of the PDP Presidential Campaign Council, Dele Momodu, recently said Atiku did not have the capacity to make Ayu resign, George said the position of the group, which also includes Donald Duke, Jonah Jang, Olusegun Mimiko, former governors of Cross River, Plateau and Ondo states respectively, as well as ex-Information Minister, Prof Jerry Gana, among others, would be made known after the meeting.
He dismissed the comment credited to Momodu, noting that the veteran journalist joined the PDP only a few months ago and was therefore not in a good stead to speak on matters of equity in the party.
He stated, “Once we finish the meeting, we will talk. Dele Momodu, my little brother, just joined the party. What does he know about the foundation, the rules and tenets of the party? It is Atiku who should talk but he is avoiding it. The founders of this party knew what they were doing when they came up with the issue of equity and fairness in the distribution of offices as early as the formative stage of the party.
“Again, I say we can’t go home and tell our people that we have nothing at hand to bargain with. We certainly can’t tell them now that the chairmanship will come to the South after the elections. This is all I can say for now.”
There are already indications that the five governors are likely to mobilise votes for another candidate. A fortnight ago, Ortom vowed in Makurdi not to support Atiku, describing his supporters as enemies of Benue. A week later, Wike, while hosting Labour Party presidential candidate, Peter Obi, in Port Harcourt, said Rivers people would not cast their ballot in accordance with party line. He promised logistic support for Obi anytime he came for campaign.
Source – Punch
ATM Comment: Your Identity Still Unknown – Atiku’s VP, Okowa Fires Back At Tinubu
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) 2023 Vice Presidential candidate and Governor of Delta State, Ifeanyi Okowa, has responded to the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu, over his comment in the state.
Recall that Tinubu had on Saturday, during his presidential rally in Delta, slammed the PDP presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar for his consistent visit to Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
According to Tinubu, the Wazirin Adamawa loves Dubai more than Nigeria. The APC presidential candidate also accused Governor Okowa of making his state’s resources available to fund Atiku’s exorbitant lifestyle.
The former Governor of Lagos State also warned that Delta was not an Automated Teller Machine for migratory politicians from the state. Naija News reports that Tinubu’s comment was contained in a statement issued by his media officer, Tunde Rahman.
The APC candidate in his address at the Warri Township Stadium accused the opposition party of abandoning infrastructural development in the state and leaving Delta to rot away.
He said, “Delta is among Nigeria’s largest oil and gas producing states. Revenue from oil and gas has historically been the backbone of government revenue and foreign exchange earnings.
“As such, your state and other oil producers have made a one-of-a-kind financial contribution to the building of modern Nigeria. The nation is thankful to you.
“Delta has all it takes to be great and help lead the nation forward. Yet, for the past 23 years, those governing your state have taken you for a hard and long ride by selling you short. They have not done the things they should have and could have done for you.
“The infrastructure in the state was better 30 years ago than it is now. The state has recorded historic debts run up by the incumbent, yet the infrastructure and other things still remain lacking because of under-investment and neglect.
“The money is much, but it does not have legs. Where did it go? Not to your welfare. Perhaps, it has found a home with a certain presidential candidate who loves Dubai more than Nigeria.
“But Delta State is not an ATM for migratory politicians. It is a place where good and hardworking people reside and work to create decent and peaceful lives for themselves and their families.”
Your Identity Still Unknown – Okowa Fires Back At Tinubu
In a swift response to Tinubu’s allegations and demeaning comments about his person and relationship with Atiku, Okowa said he does not have time to respond to someone whose identity is still unknown to Nigerians.
Speaking through a spokesperson for the PDP Presidential Campaign Organisation and Delta State Commissioner for Information, Charles Aniagwu, the PDP Vice Presidential candidate said Deltans appreciated the state’s infrastructural development and that the state was “not like Lagos that Bola Tinubu put in his pocket.”
Aniagwu, while interacting with The PUNCH in an interview, said “We don’t have time to respond to somebody whose identity is still unknown. Let him first of all go and clear himself; when and where he was born, the schools he attended and other records about him so we can know who we are talking to.
“Somebody whose records are still in doubt cannot be the one talking. Our state cannot be in his pocket the way he did Lagos. Delta is not Lagos, and our people cannot be deceived by such a person.”
Source – Naija News