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2023: Why PDP Can’t Sanction Governor Wike, Others


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The leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) might find it difficult to sanction the five aggrieved Governors of the party identified as G-5, because of the backlash that might follow the decision.

The G-5 Governors are Nyesom Wike (Rivers State), Samuel Ortom (Benue State), Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (Enugu State), Okezie Ikpeazu (Abia State) and Seyi Makinde (Oyo State).

The aggrieved Governors have insisted on not working for the presidential candidate of the party, Atiku Abubakar, if the National Chairman of the party, Iyorchia Ayu fails to resign from office.

The Governors are against northern dominance in key positions in the party, while the southerners are left hanging.

With the stand of the G-5, some members of the party have called for sanctions against the aggrieved governors and their supporters.

Governor Wike in reaction to the threat had dared the party leadership to sanction him and face the consequences.

Sources that spoke with Sunday Sun on the development said while some people in the party want the governors sanctioned, there is nothing much the party can do about it.

They believe sanctioning the Governors would do more harm than good for the main opposition party, with the Governors commanding large supporters in their states.

One of the sources said PDP is afraid that any sanction against Wike and his allies will cost the party in the 2023 general elections.

The source who is close to the G-5 Governors said the call for their sanction and their supporters is misplaced.

According to the source, “They cannot sanction Wike. By this hour? It is too late. What will they say? Which anti-party are they talking about? Did he leave the party? He is still campaigning for the party. The whole campaign is just remaining two months. Anything they do now will have a backlash.”

A former PDP National Legal Adviser who spoke on condition of anonymity said even though the actions of the aggrieved governors are tantamount to anti-party, a sanction against them will be counter-productive.

He said, “Some of these things that these people are doing are anti-party activities. Just the party does not want to be distracted at this time. Otherwise, some of them would have been expelled or suspended. Because they are running the party down. They are de-marketing the party in all ramifications.”

A party leader from the Northern part of the country while speaking on the call for the governor’s sanction said, “wisdom will demand that they don’t do it. It is unnecessary. It could be done. But it is not feasible. Something can be right, but then be wrong. That is the challenge.”

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