PDP Crisis: Ikpeazu Might Dump G5, Abia Working For Atiku – Source

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Abia State is reportedly working for the party’s flagbearer, Atiku Abubakar, and the state governor, Okozie Ikpeazu, to abandon the G5 group.

According to news reports, a prominent party official in the Abia State administration has told the Daily Post that Ikpeazu will campaign for Atiku in the presidential election.

The governor of Abia State is a member of the PDP’s five disgruntled governors, also known as the G5 or Integrity Group, led by Rivers State governor Nyesom Wike, who have refused to work with Atiku unless the party’s national chairman, Iyorchia Ayu, resigns in favor of a candidate of southern extraction.

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The G5, which has refused to support Atiku as its presidential candidate, has maintained that they are fighting for a just cause of equity and fairness.

However, Newsmen reports that one of the G5 members, Ikpeazu of Abia, may abandon the group as a result of the death of the state PDP candidate, Prof. Uchenna Ikonne.

According to speculation, Ikpeazu may be upset as a result of Ikonne’s untimely death, as well as several unforeseen activities such as staging a new primary election as required by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), among other new occurrences.

The source, who pleaded anonymity, said, ”Our party (PDP) is intact. The national leadership of the party will do the right thing by giving us a good candidate. The party has made a publication to that effect that those who want to contest should go and purchase their nomination and notification of interest form. The death of Ikonne has nothing to do with G-5 governors. So we are one family.

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”I am not the governor; he is entitled to his choice of support. He is a full PDP person, and I don’t see him having any other candidate, but I am not his spokesperson. Abia is PDP.

”We are one PDP family; we are working together. PDP in Abia State is working for Atiku Abubakar. We are one party. We are not divided; there is nothing like the Atiku camp and the G-5 camp in Abia State. PDP is one united family.”

Meanwhile, Newsmen learned that Atiku’s media aide, Paul Ibe, informed the Newsmen that there was still chance of reaching an agreement with the G5 governors.

He stated that some negotiations had taken place that were not made public.

Speaking on how the repeat primary election in Abia State set for Saturday, February 4, 2023, will resolve difficulties on the ground, Ibe observed that “The rerun primary is the duty of the PDP, leaders, stakeholders and delegates. They are the ones who will decide who will succeed Prof Ikonne in Abia State.

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“I am aware the leadership of the party has reeled out guidelines, starting with the procurement of forms, screening and all of that. And so far, so good; I don’t think there is any challenge right now. As I said, it is the responsibility of the Abia leaders, stakeholders and, most importantly, the delegates.

”This opportunity, as tragic as it is, reinforces the indivisibility of the PDP as a party. The election is going to be conducted by PDP. The governors, whether of the Abia State or any other State, are PDP governors. They will pursue the PDP agenda.

”I believe that all hope can never be lost in terms of finding common ground and resolving the issues around the election and nomination of the vice presidential candidate because that was what generated all of this.

“A resolution is underway because everybody realises that we all need to stand united around a common cause to oust the APC and recover and rebuild Nigeria. And everybody is aware of that, whichever side of the divide they may be.”


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