Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo state, former governors Nyesom Wike of Rivers, Samuel Ortom of Benue, Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia, and Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu, comprise the G5 group.
At the Aso Villa in Abuja, President Bola Tinubu met with members of the Integrity Group, or G5.
It was learned that the president and the former governors discussed establishing a working relationship, despite the meeting’s specifics being vague at the time this report was filed.
“The G-5 PDP Governors first met in Wike’s residence for a few hours before heading to the Villa to meet with the president,” a source with knowledge of the meeting told Vanguard, pleading for anonymity because he was not authorised to speak on the matter.
“From the discussions held during the initial meeting at Wike’s residence, it was all about finding accommodation for the former governors in the scheme of things and, of course, how they can work together. Exact details of what was discussed are not available to me at this time.”
The group, led by Nyesom Wike, the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), caused a significant rift within the PDP by insisting that Iyorchia Ayu, the party’s then-National Chairman, resign in order to make way for a southern candidate in order to support Ayu’s bid for the presidency in the poll scheduled for February 25.
In the recently concluded elections, Atiku and Ayu both called the then-governors’ bluff and refused to bow to their demands.
According to reports, Ortom supported Peter Obi, the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, LP, while Makinde and Wike helped Tinubu win the election.