PDP G5 announces the formation of news group, as details of meeting emerges
The five aggrieved Peoples Democratic Party governors led by Nyesom Wike of Rivers State and some other party stalwarts, on Sunday, announced the formation of the Integrity Group within the party.
Newsonline recalls that the five PDP governors and allies of Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State met on Sunday at the Southern Sun hotel in Ikoyi, Lagos.
At the meeting, the G5 governors under the aegis of the Integrity Group and other PDP stalwarts, have outlined the next line of action on the lingering crisis rocking the opposition party.
Reading the communique of the group after its deliberations, former Governor of Plateau, Jonah Jang, said the G5 and member of the group reiterated their readiness for reconciliation.
Jang said the demands of the governors, which include the resignation of the party’s National Chairman, Senator Iyiocha, Ayu, and the choice of his successor from the South still stand.
He said the governors and members of the Integrity group maintained that they will not participate in the PDP presidential campaign until their demands are met.
Jang said the Wike camp advised the PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, and Ayu to make up their minds before it is too late.
He said: ”After a careful review of developments, we have decided to stand on the decision we took at our Port-Harcourt meeting. We hereby again reiterate that the window of reconciliation in our great party remains open.”
At the meeting were Governors Nyesom Wike (Rivers), Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (Enugu), Sam Ortom (Benue), Okezie Ikpeazu (Abia), and Seyi Makinde (Oyo).
Others were the former Deputy National Chairman, Olabode George; former governor of Ekiti, Ayodele Fayose; former governor of Ondo, Olusegun Mimiko; and former governor of Cross River, Donald Duke.
Also at the meeting were PDP Deputy National Chairman (South), Taofeek Arapaja, PDP National Vice Chairman, South-South, Dan Orbih, former Minister of Justice, Mohammed Adoke; Senator Sunday Onor, Senator Nafiz Suleiman, Senator Olaka Nwogu, Nene Ukeje, Senator Mao Ohabunwa, Ali Odefa, and Dotun Babayemi.
Speaking before the closed-door meeting, Makinde stated that the G5 governors and some leaders and elders of the party are now part of a newly formed Integrity Group.
Makinde had said: “We are here this morning to hold a meeting of the Integrity Group within our party, the PDP. You’ve known the G5 which is the five PDP governors. The G5 is all about the Integrity Group. You can see us, five serving governors, as the face of this struggle but the leaders and elders of the party that you see here are the people behind those faces.
“We are this morning in the South West to review the situation within our party, to review where we are, and to also look at what is going to happen in the coming elections. At the end of our deliberations, you will be fully briefed on where we stand on those burning issues. On behalf of our leaders and elders in the South West, I want to welcome members of the Integrity Group to Lagos.”