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Chimaroke Nnamani, a former Enugu State Governor and serving Senator has condemned the inability of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to resolve lingering friction with five of its governors before the commencement of its presidential campaigns for the 2023 elections.
Recall that the PDP kicked off its presidential campaign in Ugo, the Akwa Ibom State capital. But the G5 governors failed to attend the event. The governors include – Nyesom Wike (Rivers), Samuel Ortom (Benue), Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (Enugu), Seyi Makinde (Oyo) and Okezie Ikpeazu (Abia).
Their decision may be connected to the insistence of the party’s national chairman, Iyorchia Ayu, to retain his position even when the G5 governors have asked for his resignation.
The five governors insist that both the national chairman and the party’s presidential candidate cannot come from same region.
In his reaction, Nnamani who represents Enugu East senatorial district in a statement he signed personally on Tuesday, urged the leadership of the party to put in more effort at addressing the situation. He recommended a give-and-take approach to resolve the internal wrangling.
He titled the statement ‘2023 PDP Presidential Campaigns: Ignoring Five Governors, Discouraging – Sen Nnamani.’
He said, “Today, I go on record in total condemnation of the treatment of the five governors mostly from the southern states within the PDP. The Governors are our leaders and their humiliation rubs off on all of us.”
The former governor recalled that state governors were not treated with ignominy during his time as a governor.
He added, “Without the involvement of the governors that are our leaders, these mere cheerleaders and feel-good political operatives cannot deliver.
“They can drag themselves from their home states to Abuja. Some are Abuja permanent residents. They dress the meetings and colour the rallies, but that is what it is, political colour dressing.”