Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike; Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom and other G-5 governors including Okezie Ikpeazu (Abia), and Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (Enugu) will converge in Ibadan, Oyo State capital for the flag-off of Makinde’s second term campaign.
A source from the national secretariat of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) told newsmen that all the five governors have pledged their availability for the flag-off, which is set to take place on Thursday at the Oyo State capital.
It would be recalled that the G-5 governors have been at loggerhead with the presidential candidate of the party, former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar over the choice of the National Chairman of the party, Iyorchia Ayu, demanding his resignation.
The crisis started when Atiku emerged the party’s presidential candidate after the primary election.
The aggrieved G-5 governors insisted that the National Chairman, who also hailed from the North like Atiku, should step down in order to balance the party leadership across the six geopolitical zones of the country.
According to a source, “You know they are more than colleagues now. Whatever affects one affects the others. They are in solidarity with whoever among them is celebrating or marking any special event. As usual, Wike, the leader of the group will be there alongside the others.
“Even though they are members of the PDP, they are going about their campaigns as if they have a different party. They are in a world of their own, riding on the influence of their executive powers to call the bluff of the party”, the source added.