The Group of Five (G-5) Governors from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), led by former Rivers State Governor and current FCT Minister Nyesom Wike, held a crucial meeting with President Bola Tinubu on Tuesday evening. The closed-door discussions are believed to be aimed at fostering a working relationship between the PDP faction and the former Lagos State Governor, who holds significant influence in Nigerian politics.
Sources revealed that this pivotal meeting came on the heels of a prior gathering at Nyesom Wike’s residence in Abuja. After this preliminary discussion, Wike and his former gubernatorial counterparts made their way to the Presidential Villa, where President Tinubu received them. The precise details of their talks remain shrouded in secrecy, but it is widely speculated that the focus was on accommodating the former governors within the broader political landscape and exploring opportunities for collaboration.
An anonymous source familiar with the meeting said, “The G-5 PDP Governors first met at Wike’s residence for a few hours before heading to the Villa to meet with the president. While I don’t have the exact details of their discussions, the initial meeting at Wike’s residence appeared to revolve around securing a place for these former governors in the political arena and how they can cooperate effectively.”
The timing of this meeting raises eyebrows, given the imminent commencement of the Imo State PDP governorship campaign in Owerri and the escalating tensions surrounding the position of the party Secretary. The former governors in attendance included Nyesom Wike, Samuel Ortom of Benue, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu, Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia, and Seyi Makinde, the serving Governor of Oyo State.
As political observers closely monitor this unexpected gathering, its implications for the future of the PDP and the Nigerian political landscape at large remain uncertain. The coming days are expected to shed more light on the outcomes of this crucial meeting.