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2023: G-5 ‘Possible’ Preferred Presidential Candidate Emerge

The 2023 presidential election is getting intense as Governors, prominent Nigerians and others express admiration for their preferred presidential candidate.

Ahead of the presidential election, there are claims that the five aggrieved Governors of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) identified as the G-5 and the integrity group would soon announce their preferred flagbearer.

The speculations are seen as the G-5 jet out of Nigeria for London where they are expected to deliberate on the presidential candidate to support in 2023.

A source that spoke with This Day on the meeting said the G-5 might settle for the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi in 2023.

The source who pleaded anonymity said, “One thing is certain. The group will never endorse Atiku. Their differences are irreconcilable. Atiku knows that and has moved on.

“It has taken them (G5 governors) this long because there was initially no consensus other than their anti-Atiku stance. Governor Seyi Makinde was walking a tightrope considering the fact that he is only a first-term governor who is seeking re-election and Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) is Yoruba.

“But the other four governors don’t have the same worries and taking a decision was not difficult for them.”

The source also said the coming on board of other leaders of the party like George, Gana, former governor of Ondo State, Olusegun Mimiko, former governor of Cross River State, Donald Duke, amongst others contributed a lot.

The source added, “Beyond the immediate grievance of the G5 governors, some of these other party leaders still hold Atiku and the breakaway faction for the party’s loss of power in 2015. They have still not forgiven him because they believe that his victory will be a reward for treachery and brazen anti-party activities.

“So with people like Bode George who will never support Tinubu still nursing a deep grievance against Atiku, the only choice is Obi. That is why he has become the beautiful bride.”

By Enioluwa Adeniyi

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