2023 Presidency: Three of G-5 PDP govs behind Peter Obi – Ex-Rivers commissioner

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A former commissioner in Rivers State has asserted that three out of the five dissident governors of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, popularly known as G-5 Governors, are backing the ambition of the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi.

The ex-Rivers commissioner who spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria on an anonymous condition, said three of the governors have endorsed Labour Party’s Obi, adding that their agitation was for power to shift to the South in line with the Lagos declaration by the southern governors.

The source said while three out of the five governors are convinced by Obi’s records, the other two are playing concerned about their political survival.

The former commissioner said: “You know the presidential contest is like a beauty contest, where only the registered participants are considered. The G5 governors agree that Obi is not a saint, but comes with fresher characteristics than the other candidates.

“In the first place, it was these contrasting qualities, plus Muslim-Muslim ticket that attracted the mass following among major electoral demography, the youths, across the length and breadth of the country for Obi.

“So, I can tell you authoritatively, the three governors in support of Obi are contending that although APC has spread, it will be disastrous and suicidal if they support Tinubu with (an) awkward ticket against their people, majority of whom are for Obi.

“The three governors are therefore mindful of Electoral Act 2022 and the enormous powers and independence it has given to the electorate.”

On where Wike stands, the former commissioner noted that the Rivers governor is aware that all politics is local. “Wike is not entirely against Asiwaju (Tinubu), but he’s deeply concerned about how his political traducers in the state would react if he slips.”