ENUGU, Nigeria (VOICE OF NAIJA)- Senate President, Godswill Akpabio, has urged Nyesom Wike, the former Governor of Rivers State, and his four other friends in the G5 to come up with another aggrieved group within opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), to make the ruling All Progressives Congress, (APC), win the 2027 presidential election.
Recall that Wike backed the return of power to Southern Nigeria and supported APC’s candidate, President Bola Tinubu against his party’s choice, Atiku Abubakar in the 2023 presidential election.
Akpabio, a former Governor of Akwa Ibom State, said this at a thanksgiving reception held at Wike’s private residence on Ada-George Road, in his hometown, Rumueprikom in the Obio-Akpor Local Government Area of the oil-rich South-South state, on Sunday.
He said: “I want to thank you for all your efforts to bring justice to Nigeria.
“And I want to thank the G5 Governors,” the Senate President said whilst addressing the G5 or the Integrity Group made up of five major aggrieved politicians within the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, who kicked against the emergence of Abubakar in the last February 25 poll.
“We are very delighted, we are proud to have G5. Please, ensure that in 2027, another G5 emerges so that APC will continue to do well in this country. And if you like, you can add two more, make it G7 and not only G5″.
Addressing Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, who is also one of the G5 members, Akpabio said: “Your Excellency (Governor) Makinde, you know I predicted that you are going to be a Governor when I met you with the late Alaafin, may his soul rest in peace.
”I just saw the way you were walking and I said, ‘This man walks like a governor.’ I wasn’t surprised when you became a governor.”
All members of the G5 including Wike, Makinde and former Governors Samuel Ortom (Benue), Okezie Ikpeazu (Abia) and Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (Enugu) were on seat at the event.
Another member of the Integrity Group and former Ekiti State Governor, Ayo Fayose; as well as Acting PDP Chairman, Umar Damagum; former Governors Peter Odili (Rivers), Abdullahi Ganduje (Kano) and James Ibori (Delta) were in attendance.