Following a meeting between five of its disgruntled governors, known as the G5, and the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, in London on Tuesday, panic and rage have shaken the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) camp.
According to reports, Tinubu met with the APC candidate and had a long meeting with the G5 governors, who are headed by Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State and his equivalents, Seyi Makinde of Oyo, Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia, Samuel Ortom of Benue, and Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu.
The G5 members committed to declare their preferred candidate for the 2023 presidential election. They have sworn never to support Atiku Abubakar, the PDP nominee.
At the UK meeting, it was said that Tinubu pushed for the five governors to support him ahead of the elections the following year.
The PDP’s national press secretary, Debo Ologunagba, said in a statement on Wednesday that the party will decide to impose penalties on the disobedient governors and “implement relevant articles of its constitution if the necessity arises” in response to the alleged meeting.
“The PDP is a party of rules, processes, and a constitution. We don’t respond to rumors, said Ologunagba.
“We consider our party constitution in connection to problems while making judgments. Whatever occurs, we shall act in accordance with the constitution.
“These governors have promised to maintain the PDP constitution, therefore they are familiar with it. We shall make a judgment in accordance with the rules of the constitution if they want to endorse a rival presidential candidate.
“They helped make the celebration successful, and they also reaped huge rewards from the party. They should be aware that every party member is subject to the terms of the constitution.
“Reconciliation is a marathon, not a 100-meter race. We hope that they will understand this and join the party permanently,” he stated.