The Bayelsa State Governor, Duoye Diri, on Tuesday appealed to the five aggrieved governors in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to retrace their steps and support the party in its quest to win the February 25 presidential election.
The five governors – Nyesome Wike (Rivers), Samuel Ortom (Benue), Seyi Makinde (Oyo), Okezie Ikpeazu (Abia), and Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (Enugu) – had demanded the resignation of the party’s national chairman, Iyorchia Ayu, as a precondition for supporting the PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, in next month’s election.
In his address at the meeting, the Bayelsa governor noted that the PDP leadership was not ruling out discussion with the quintet to return to the party ahead of the election.
He said: “We want a united PDP and each time we meet, we focus and discuss the unity. We are not ruling out speaking to our brothers even today, we have also discussed the possibility of speaking to them to return to our party.
“We are calling on our brother-governors to be part of their own party and work in unity with every other person. We still want our brother governors back so we can visit them the way we visited our brother, Governor Okowa who by God’s grace will be the Vice-President of Nigeria.”
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