A former governor of Edo State, Adams Oshiomhole, has said that the five governors at the centre of the crisis in the Peoples Democratic Party will be a plus for the All Progressives Congress in the 2023 elections.
The five governors, who are Nyesom Wike of Rivers State, Seyi Makinde of Oyo, Samuel Ortom of Benue, Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia, and Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu, have been championing the call for the resignation of the PDP National Chairman, Iyorchia Ayu, citing ‘unfair’ regional representation in the party.
They hold the opinion that the presidential candidate of the party, Atiku Abubakar, and national chairman cannot be from the same region.
However, Oshiomhole, who is a former National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, sees the PDP crisis as an advantage to the APC.
Speaking on Friday after a meeting with the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), in Abuja, Oshiomhole said his party was on a course to win in the forthcoming elections.
“You now have the G-5 governors who said the understanding we reached in Asaba, voluntarily, both by the PDP and the APC governors, they stand by that agreement,” he said.
“[They said] that leaders must have character, and that if you are not yet president and you are not obeying agreement, and Nigerians are talking of national unity, you disobeyed the provision of your party constitution, which talks about rotation in order to service that unity, and you can go to some parts of the country and say ‘don’t vote for Igbo, don’t vote for Yoruba.’
“So if you ask me how we are doing, we are doing very well. Whereas the other [PDP] is now battling with five governors that backed out, and you find out how many governors they have, we have 23.
“Now, if you add 23 to five, I am not saying the five are with us, but we have 23 with five. I guess that is 28. If you subtract 28 from 36, it means only eight governors, in fact, seven, because the other one in the All Progressives Grand Alliance isn’t there.
“So, while he [Atiku] has seven governors working for him, we have 23 working for us, and we have five who are neutral. You know, when you’re voting, when I was in the International Labor Organisation, you vote for, against, or you abstain. Abstinence is as good as voting against.”