The PDP G5 referees pledged not to bow to intimidation by Atiku and the PDP in general.
newsonline The affected HDP governors were reported to have expressed regret yesterday that enemies of progress were thwarting the party’s bid to return to power in 2023.
Members of the “G5”: Governors Nyesom Wike (Rivers State), Sam Ortom (Benue), Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (Enugu) and Seyi Makinde (Oyo), storm Umuahia, the capital of Abia State, for staging gubernatorial and parliamentary campaigns.
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The PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, and the national president, Senator Eurecia Ayo, avoided the gathering.
The G5, known as the Integrity Group, has pledged to continue its fight for fairness, fairness and justice in the party.
Wike, who spoke at the Umuahia Township stadium, urged Apenns to follow Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu and ensure all PDP candidates are elected for the 2023 general election.
He said, “The G-5 governors will continue to support all candidates from the People’s Democratic Party in Abia state.
“There is no such thing as a comeback. Do what Ikpezu tells you to do.
“He is a man of integrity, honesty and can be relied upon, unlike some people we have supported with money and yet have left the party.”
Ortom said the rulers will not relent until Nigeria is rescued from insecurity, poverty and socio-economic problems.
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Ikpiazu said his administration has left a blueprint for further development by providing a master plan for the state.
He added that the Abia PDP can boast of the best candidates for elective positions, adding that other political parties have selected their candidates from the dust of the PDP.
The climax of the event was the presentation of the Democratic Progressive Party flag to Ikpezu, who is running for the Senate seat from Abia South and the gubernatorial candidate, Professor Uchi Ekun.
Ortom lamented that the rulers who ratified the Southern Presidency Agreement had left the crusade.
Reaffirming the G5’s determination to remain in the PDP, he said the group is committed to the success of conservatives and parliamentary candidates in their respective states.
He said: “All of our states from Abia to Rivers, to Oyo to Enugu, to Benue, we are all PDP states and we are very strong in all of these states and we are committed to our party.
“We have worked together to build this party to make it very strong and our goal was to take over in 2023 and build Nigeria again from the bottom up.”
Ortom said Wike has provided tremendous encouragement, support and leadership in the fight against the forces that thwarted the PDP from winning the 2023 election.
He said: “The Conservativeive are men of integrity who believe in fairness, fairness and justice and will never succumb to intimidation.
One of the outstanding figures who have made this party what it is, said Ortom, is Governor Waik. Since joining the PDP, he has never left the PDP.
“In 2015, when I got denied a ticket, I left, went to APC and grabbed wallets, went back to PDP, because PDP is home.
“Therefore, we value the PDP. It is the platform we are working for in our various countries. We will not be told. We value traditional rulers. You instructed us not to be afraid, but to stand up for what is right. This is what we stand for.”
Ortom told some of those who were part of the agreement that the next Nigerian president would have to be a southerner after all.
He said, “Unfortunately, the enemies of progress came along. Because one of the things we believed as men of integrity, as men who believed in equality and fairness and justice was our resolve.”
“All of us and many others who have come out, especially from the South, decided that after eight years of rule in the North, we all know that in the unwritten constitution of this country it was the right thing to do for justice and fairness. And that is what we stood for. for him.
“Unfortunately, we found ourselves where we are now. But we said to ourselves, we will not leave the PDP. You cannot build a house and when a snake sneaks into your house, do you give up on that house and run away to go and build another?”
PDP President Asiforo Okere revealed that the party was fielding 36 candidates in the 2023 elections, including Ikonne, three candidates for the Senate; Governor Ikpezu, Senator Mau Uhuaponwa and Colonel Akupondo, eight House of Representatives candidates and 24 House of Representatives candidates. He thanked the party’s faithful, especially those who competed and were unable to obtain tickets, describing them as the heroes of the event.
Akon assured Appianz that, if elected, that through his tiger economy manifesto, covering trade, manufacturing, good governance, education and rural development, he would ensure participatory governance in the state. He challenged the Abians to give him their votes and expect better results and more development projects.
Describing the rally as historic, Director General of Abia Campaign of the Democratic Progressive Party Shinidum Elishi noted that based on what the governor has done in the state, there is a need for people to elect Ekon as the next governor.
Represented by the Secretary General of the Campaign Council, Stanley Ojigbo, Elechi said that based on the party’s ability and Ikpeazu’s achievements, the PDP will win.
The gathering was attended by Lieutenant Governor Odi Oku Chukwu,ormer Governor of Ekiti State Ayodeleayusi,ormer Deputy Governor of Abia State, President Ashu Nwakanma, Deputy Governor Candidate Oki Igwe, Speaker of the House of Representatives of Abia State Shinidum Orji and members of the House of Representatives, Vice President of the PDP (South), Ambassador Tufek Arabaga, Vice Chairman of the National Board of Directors, South East, Chairman Ali Odiva, Vice Chairman of the National Board of Directors, South South, Chief Dan Orbeh, Party Candidates, Secretary to the State Government, Chris Ezem, Chief of Staff to the Governor and Chief Oki My brother, commissioners and others.