The Peoples Democratic Party flagbearer Atiku Abubakar is not going down without a fight with the G-5 Governors as reports claim the presidential candidate has devised a means to handle the group.
According to the Punch, a source revealed that the former Benue state governor, Gabriel Suswam, is currently strategizing by bringing top stakeholders together to support Atiku.
Suswam’s associate Professor Iyorwuese Hagher has been understudying the situation in the state to ensure Atiku gets the support of Benue citizens.
The source said: “Suswam addressed stakeholders from Zone A recently and Iyorwuese has been talking with his kinsmen. They are doing it in such a way as not to offend Ortom. They are friends with the governor but they are also careful not to overdo things. As a result, there is a lack of statewide coordination.”
Meanwhile, the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the G-5 governors have been at loggerheads with each other.
Governor Nyesom Wike, Okezie Ikpeazu, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, Seyi Makinde, and Samuel Ortom are hell-bent on not cooperating with Atiku until their demands have been met.
The G-5 Governors want the removal or resignation of the party’s national chairman Senator Iyorchia Ayu.
The governors also do not want the chairman of the national party to come from the same region as the presidential candidate.