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Fayose: G5 Deserves Recognition and Wike Must Join Tinubu’s Government

Former Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has praised the G5 or Integrity Group within the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for their contribution to President Bola Tinubu’s victory in the February 25, 2023 presidential election. Fayose specifically highlighted the capabilities of ex-Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike, suggesting that he should be included in Tinubu’s government as a minister.

In an interview on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics programme, Fayose made it clear that the G5 has no plans to defect from the PDP to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). However, he emphasized that the PDP leadership must address internal issues and restore unity.

  1. The members of the G5 include:
  2. Okezie Ikpeazu (Abia)
  3. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (Enugu)
  4. Samuel Ortom (Benue)
  5. Nyesom Wike (Rivers)
  6. Seyi Makinde (Oyo), the current governor

Fayose expressed his confidence in the loyalty of the G5 members, particularly highlighting Wike’s commitment to the PDP. He stated, “The Wike I know, forget that Wike will leave the PDP.”

When asked about the possibility of Wike being a part of Tinubu’s cabinet, Fayose responded, “What is wrong with that? How is anybody affected by that? I want Wike to be in the cabinet.”

Fayose praised Wike’s qualifications, stating, “Wike has what it takes to serve Nigeria. Wike is an articulate, capable person. Nigeria needs (an) average bad person. I support Wike. If Asiwaju finds him or any of the G5 worthy, please serve in Asiwaju’s government. Asiwaju needs a man like Wike.”

President Tinubu has 60 days to form his cabinet since assuming office on May 29, 2023. There have been reports suggesting that he may include opposition members like Wike and Rabiu Kwankwaso, the flag bearer of the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP).

During the buildup to the presidential election, Wike openly opposed the 2023 presidential ambition of Atiku Abubakar, the flag bearer of the PDP. Wike, who previously served as a minister under ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, was the governor of Rivers State from May 2015 to May 2023.

Wike and the G5 governors had demanded a southern replacement for the PDP National Chairmanship as a condition to support Atiku. However, both Atiku and Iyorchia Ayu, the then PDP National Chairman, rejected their demands, resulting in the G5 states voting against Atiku and in favor of Tinubu in the just-concluded elections.

Tinubu secured victory in 12 out of Nigeria’s 36 states, earning him the highest number of votes — 8,794,726. He gained significant support in several other states, accumulating nearly two million more votes than Atiku, his closest rival.

Atiku, who has now run for president six times, received 6,984,520 votes, while Peter Obi, the presidential candidate for the Labour Party, won in Enugu and Abia, finishing with 6,101,533 votes.

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