Governor Udom Emmanuel has made a last minute effort to woo the five aggrieved governors of the Peoples Democratic Party back into accepting the presidential candidate of the party, Atiku Abubakar.
While Some observers described the attempt as belated and dead before commencement, noting that the governor knew that Wike would not listen to him,others said that Governor Emmanuel, who is the chairman, Presidential Campaign Council of the PDP wants it to be on record that he made a move to reconcile the governors but it did not work.
The aggrieved governors led by the governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike had vowed to endorse a presidential candidate outside the PDP’s candidate who they accused of destroying the party’s zoning formula.
The PDP aggrieved governors dubbed G5 have been making unprecedented and loud moves to announce a candidate from the South that they would support during the 2023 polls.
They had publicly denounced their support to Atiku for his insistence to retain Iyorchia Ayu, the party’s national chairman from the North as the National Chairman of the party.
The pendulum is swinging between the APC presidential candidate, Bola Ahmed Tinubu and that of the Labour party, Peter Obi but the guess on whom they would settle for remained bleak following their frolicking with Tinubu recently and Peter Obi initially.
Governor Emmanuel in a meeting with Gov Samuel Ortom in Akwa Ibom state governor’s lodge recently said the leadership of the party was open to peace with the G-5 governors.
He noted that the governors have structures and capacity and should not be neglected if the party wanted to emerge victorious seamlessly, noting that the rift has reached a point where sacrifices must be made so that there can be peace and victory for the party
On his part, Gov Samuel Ortom noted that dialogue remained the key towards accommodating the interest of the party stalwarts, adding that the aggrieved governors never turned their back on dialogue and reconciliation when terms are met to fit with their interest. DAILY POST