Festus Keyamo (SAN), spokesman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential campaign council, has dismissed reports that the G5 Governors may endorse the Labour Party presidential flag-bearer for the 2023 election, Peter Obi.
Governors who are members of the G5 are Nyesom Wike (Rivers), Samuel Ortom (Benue), Ifeanyi Ugwanyi (Enugu), Okezie Ikpeazu (Abia) and Seyi Makinde (Oyo). The five men are chieftains of Nigeria’s main opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
They have been at loggerheads with their party’s presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar after Wike failed to win the party’s presidential ticket.
They are also unhappy that Atiku rejected Wike as a running mate and are demanding the resignation of Iyorchia Ayu as the party’s National Chairman, allegedly to reduce the dominance of the PDP by the North.
It was gathered barring any last-minute change in political permutations, the aggrieved PDP governors who are presently in London, United Kingdom (UK) for strategic meetings, may have concluded plans to endorse Obi, a former governor of Anambra State.
Reacting to the report of the G5’s imminent endorsement of Obi, Keyamo said the Labour Party has no electoral value.
“The Labour Party that you claimed many of these G-5 governors are looking at is untested and cannot be trusted. It has no electoral value for now because it has not been tested.
“It is a known fact that anybody who has been tested has already gone through the ballot box and the LP, as presently constituted, has not done that.
“As proper politicians, there is no other place to take a chance outside the APC,” Keyamo told Punch.