Former vice president, Atiku Abubakar, has taken a swipe at the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) group called G-5 for seeking appointment and protection from prosecution from the Bola Ahmed Tinubu-led administration.
SPY NIGERIA reports that the G5 is made up of Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, former governor Nyesom Wike, Samuel Ortom, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi and Okezie Ikpeazu of Rivers, Benue, Enugu, Abia states and some other politicians including ex Ekiti State governor, Ayodele Fayose.
Recall that Fayose had during a recent interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today confessed to working against the PDP and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar.
“I worked against him (Atiku) hundred per cent.
“Nigeria is bigger than the PDP, the APC and even Asiwaju (Bola Tinubu) himself…I am not a man that will hide my action. I never worked for the PDP during the last election. I am not a liar and a pretender. I did not work for the PDP,” he had stated.
Atiku, in a statement by his Special Assistant on Public Communication, Phrank Shaibu, noted that the former Ekiti governor was only running from pillar to post to get Tinubu to discontinue his N1.7 billion corruption case at the Federal High Court.
While stating that Fayose would not get a ministerial appointment under the Tinubu government, Atiku described Ortom as the worst governor Nigeria has produced.
He said: “On September 20, 2022, Fayose, while addressing his supporters in Ado Ekiti, publicly stated that he would be supporting Waziri Atiku Abubakar despite Wike’s protests. A simple Google search will confirm this.
“Then after Tinubu’s dubious victory, Fayose quickly changed gears, stating that he was the one who delivered Ekiti State to the APC. This is his stock in trade. He is a lily-livered rabble-rouser who loves to be in the spotlight and pretends to be more popular than he really is.
“This is the deception of the man. Aware of the fact that he cannot get a ministerial appointment because of people like Kayode Fayemi, Dele Alake and Dayo Adeyeye who are jostling for the Ekiti slot, Fayose is now running from pillar to post, trying to get an appointment for his son while also trying to get the government to withdraw his corruption case from court.
“G-5 governors were only seeking relevance, appointments, and protection from prosecution, their decision not to support Atiku had nothing to do with patriotism, and Nigerians should not be deceived.”
“Ortom was one of the worst governors in the history of Nigeria. His case file at the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is bulky, and he was recently invited but released because of Wike’s intervention.
“Ikpeazu, the former governor of Abia State, also performed woefully in office. His successor has been complaining almost on a daily basis. But the EFCC will not prosecute him because of the G-5 connection. This is what they have turned the country into. No wonder, they believe Nigeria needs an average mad person.”