Rivers Governor Nyesom Wike has boasted that the G-5 Governors fighting for equity and justice in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) are the pillars of the party.
The Governor said because of their importance to the PDP, they remain open to genuine reconciliation.
Wike maintained that every critical stakeholders in the party must be on board to ensure electoral victory for the PDP in 2023.
A statement by Wike’s Special Assistant, Media, Kelvin Ebiri said the Governor spoke in Bauchi when he led the PDP integrity Governors on a solidarity visit to Bauchi Governor, Senator Bala Mohammed on Wednesday.
On the team of the integrity Governors were Samuel Ortom (Benue); Okezie Ikpeazu (Abia) and Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (Enugu). Seyi Makinde (Oyo) was absent because he was overseas.
Wike said: “I have stated severally that we are here for reconciliation. We have never closed the door for reconciliation.We have never closed the door and we will not close the door.”
“All we are saying is that there should be equity, justice and fairness. That is the hallmark of what PDP stands for, equity, justice and fairness.”
“All we are saying is that let the right thing be done. When the right thing is done, the whole country will know that election is over.
“This G-5 that you are seeing, we are the bedrock of the party. So, we can’t close the door for reconciliation. We are open for reconciliation anyday, anytime.”
Wike also explained the reason for the solidarity visit to Bauchi Governor and said it was to ascertain how he was putting up with the challenges of his reelection for his second term.
He said: “Our main motive of coming here is to give solidarity to our brother , the governor of Bauchi state, senator Bala Mohammed. And all we have discussed is to see how by the grace of God, being a gift to the people of Bauchi, he will win his election come 2023.
“So, all our discussion had to centre about his election and we are out to give him all the necessary support as our friend, our brother in the same political family.”
Wike explained that the visit became necessary because whatever affected the Bauchi State governor would impact on them as well.
“By the grace of God, I know he has done well in Bauchi and the people of Bauchi State will still vote for him to come back for a second tenure”, he said.
In his response, Bala Mohammed expressed his delight over hosting the PDP integrity governors.
The Bauchi State governor, said it was no secret that he wrote to the national leadership of the PDP to express his concerns about perceived encumbrances as it affected his second term bid in the state.
He explained that his concerns necessitated his meeting on Tuesday with the PDP presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.
Mohammed, who described the G-5 Governors as brothers, joked that he was supposed to be part of them in their demand for equity, fairness, justice but he was excommunicated for reasons only known to the members of the G-5.
He said he had maintained regular contact with them and had not allow any day to pass by without contacting them
He said: “In politics, you go with the people you share things in common. One thing that I appreciate with them is that they look at your challenges, they are not going back for second term, all of them.
“So, I am happy they are here. I will have the opportunity of confiding in people that I believe I can confide in with some of my worries, my fears, my apprehensions and that of my State. As PDP members, we are of the same family. I will see you as my comrades in this journey of life.”