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G5 governors overrated, it’ll be political suicide for them to back another candidate – Atiku

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Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), says the rebelling G5 governors can’t do much to influence the outcome of next year’s presidential election.

G5 is the group within PDP, which consist of five governors — Nyesom Wike (Rivers), Seyi Makinde (Oyo), Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (Enugu), Okezie Ikpeazu (Abia), and Samuel Ortom (Benue).

The PDP governors had insisted that they would not support the party’s presidential candidate if Iyorchia Ayu, the party’s national chairman, does not step down from his position.

Over the past days, there have been reports that the five governors met in London to discuss plans to endorse Tinubu, flagbearer of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Speaking through Don Pedro Obaseki, the director of research, strategy, and documentation of the PDP presidential campaign council, Atiku said it will amount to political suicide if the warring governors choose to support another candidate aside from that of PDP.

Obaseki, who spoke during an interview with Channels Television on Friday, said there is so much fabrication and distortion in the polity which is orchestrated by APC propaganda machines.

The media consultant noted that the dynamics and intrigues of the the 2023 election have shown that the G5 governors can’t influence the people in their state.

“I truly believe that it would be foolhardy for any of them to endorse any other candidate other than Atiku Abubakar for the president of Nigeria,” he said.

“There are APC propagandists who are all over the place trying to distort the polity. I’m happy to hear him (referring to Wike) say nothing like that has happened.

“I have always told everybody that it is going to be political suicide, political hara-kiri for any of the five of them, particularly four of them who are going to run for elections, to declare themselves partyless, because once you openly endorse another party, you are invariably carrying out anti-party activities; it is only going to be met by expulsion.

“You cannot run for elections in Nigeria, except on the platform of a political party.

“My problem is that I don’t feel comfortable for Nyesom Wike to continue to play God. No man is God. No man can be God.

“It won’t hurt Atiku Abubakar. It does not distort the overriding goal. All the five of them in this present trajectory are overrated based on voting patterns.”

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