From all indications, Bala Mohammed, the governor of Bauchi state, may be joining Nyesom Wike’s camp in the coming days.
The G-5 or Integrity Group are governors elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) but against the emergence of Atiku Abubakar as the party’s presidential candidate.
The governors are Wike, Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State, Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, Okezie Ipeazu of Abia State and Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State.
Speaking at a reception for the G-5 governors in Bauchi on Wednesday, Mohammed said he supports the actions of the group.
“The governors of G5, they called themselves ‘Integrity Group’. I am supposed to be with them but they excommunicated me for some reason best known to them. But I am highly connected with them, each and every one of them. There is no day that I don’t call to speak with each of them,” the governor said.
“We have something in common. They know that I have challenges of anti-party, challenges of some treachery and mischief and of course politics is about all these but when you know that you have people behind you, of that stature and that calibre you feel fulfilled,” he added.
Meanwhile, Governor Ortom has expressed his displeasure with Atiku.
Receiving the G-5 governors in Makurdi, the Benue state governor further declared his lack of support for Atiku’s presidential bid.
He announced that anyone who supports Atiku or any Fulani candidate is “an enemy” of the state.