G-5 Governors Moves To Replace Ayu

There are strong indications that the group of five Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Governors (G-5) may have been mobilising stakeholders to push for a mini convention anytime soon.

The move, it was gathered, is aimed at seeing to the final exit of Dr Iyorchia Ayu as PDP National Chairman.
But some Ayu loyalists have countered that no such convention can hold while the suspended chairman’s case is still pending before the court.

It was further learnt that the envisaged mini convention would be an avenue to rejig the party’s National Working Committee (NWC) as it is presently constituted.

A party source hinted that among the NWC members to be dropped may include the National Secretary, Senator Samuel Anyanwu who is vying for the PDP ticket to contest the November 11 Imo State governorship election.
Other NWC members who were sponsored to office by the G-5 Governors, but who are perceived to have switched loyalties to opposing camps, may also not be retained.

The quest for mini convention is said to be one of the fallouts of the party’s defeat in the last presidential election, which has necessitated the need to reposition the PDP ahead of the 2027 general election.

The G-5 is made up of Governors Nyesom Wike (Rivers); Seyi Makinde (Oyo); Samuel Ortom (Benue); Okezie Ikpeazu (Abia) and Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (Enugu).

It was further learnt that the G-5 governors are working hard to ensure that the mini convention is held before May 29 when four of them will be completing their second and final tenure in office.

Of the five governors, only Governor Makinde will remain in office till 2027, having won a re-election in the last poll.

A source close to the G-5 however said the North may still retain the national chairman, contrary to the governors’ call for the position to go to the South before the last general election.

According to the source, the new permutation may see the PDP picking its 2027 presidential candidate from the South.

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