Unease in the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, over the alleged romance of four governors elected under the party with the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu ahead of the 2023 elections.
It was learned that before the May 28 national convention, the leadership of the PDP jettisoned the rotation of the presidency by throwing the contest open, even though the main opposition party had in its constitution that the presidency would be rotated between the North and South.
This paved the way for the emergence of former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar as the presidential candidate of the party in the 2023 elections.
The Rivers State governor Wike who came second behind Atiku at the PDP presidential primaries had been having a running battle with the leadership of the party since Atiku’s emergence as the party’s presidential candidate.
The angry Wike had blamed his loss on religion, betrayal by the party leadership, especially, the national chairman, Dr. Iyorchia Ayu, and the Sokoto State governor, Aminu Tambuwal, who suddenly decided to stand down for Atiku.
However, River State Governor had since fraternized with Tinubu which also led to the recent London meeting.
Recall, governor Wike, Samuel Ortom (Benue), Seyi Makinde (Oyo), and Okezie Ikpeazu (Abia) – had met in London with Tinubu to consider the possibility of working together sometime in August 2022.
A dependable source who spoke to newsmen said four southern governors – two from the South-east, one from the South-west, and one from the South-south are working for Tinubu’s candidacy.
The source who pleaded not to be named said everything is now about personal interest, adding that while one of the governors is seeking re-election, others are seeking soft-landing.
“It’s now about personal interest. Four governors are working for Asiwaju,” he added.