ENUGU – Governors Nyesom Wike of Rivers State, Samuel Ortom of Benue State, Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State and host, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State met in Enugu on Sunday, 2nd October, 2022.
The meeting by the five governors of the main opposition Peoples DemocraticParty (PDP), it was learnt was in connection with the 25 February 2023 presidential election.
The governors met behind closed doors and didn’t address the press after the meeting.
However, quoting inside sources, DAILY POST said the discussion centred on how to deliver the Labour Party Presidential candidate, Mr Peter Obi in 2023.
The newspaper said the five governors were moved to back Peter Obi’s candidacy because they are not comfortable with the PDP flag bearer, Atiku Abubakar.
The main opposition party has been in running battle with the five governors and other leaders of the party from the Southern region of the country following the emergence of Atiku from the North and the national chairman, Dr Iyorchia Ayu refusing to resign
Sundiata Post recalls that the governors’ meeting comes a day after former defence spokesman, Maj-Gen John Enenche endorsed Peter Obi in an Instagram message.
In a video message posted on October 1, 2022, the retired General, who served in the Nigeria military for 35 years, said “its incumbent on me at this point of our national discuss on political leadership of our dear country to speak out as an officer who served in various capacity in the Nigeria army.”
Enenche said the idea of depending on a political party to produce the president of Nigeria hasn’t yielded any result for about 2 decades thus, the need to try another thing.
It’s observed that we have depended so much on political parties for the choice of Presidential candidates, for about 2 decades, it hasn’t produced the expected results.
“Therefore, it’s expedient to try another model in line with the current mode of the country and this should be in the form of mass concordance on the kind of President Nigerians need, not want. In this regard, factors to consider should be integrity, competence, self economic knowledge, zero corruption records (wheatear convicted or not) and above all, good health to withstand the pressures of the office of the president.
“These conditions should also apply to other elective positions at national and state levels. This should be devoid of ethnic and religious connotations.
“Futhermore, its worthy of note that followership is a function of leadership. Nigerians have seen and felt so much negativity about their leaders, hence, the difficulty in getting the right followership to tackle the myriad of economic and security challenges in Nigeria.
“This accusation has been on bad leadership and governance which should give way to the growth of a new Nigeria. This is what will win the hearts and minds of the suffering majority Nigerians to support their elected leaders.”
“Leadership is by example, if the leader does not steal, directly of indirectly from government coffers, followers will not steal.
“My dear Nigerians, let us get the right leaders and Nigeria will work. On this note, I recommend the Obidatti ticket,” he concluded.