Election: Atiku’s error and G-5 connection

The presidential election has come and gone, but one person who will still be left dejected and despondent is former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar. Atiku has now experienced six debacle taking a shot at the presidency. He had everything going for him until he fell apart with the five aggrieved governors of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) under the aegis of G-5 Governors.


The governors are led by Nyesom Wike of Rivers State. Others are Seyi Makinde (Oyo), Samuel Ortom (Benue), Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (Enugu) and Okezie Ikpeazu (Abia). Their grouse was that the National Chairman of the PDP, Iyorchia Ayu should step down so that people from the north do not hold all important offices in the PDP. That was their only condition, that Ayu should step down so that a southerner could occupy the office.

After months of internal wrangling and threats from the G-5 governors, Atiku and Ayu thought they could win without them after they saw the crowd they were pulling in the north and even in the South South. Atiku was deceived into believing that he could win the presidential election without those states and that caused him the presidency.


What happened on Saturday will continue to haunt Atiku, he lost all the five states to the opposition parties. In the wee hours to the election, the G-5 Governors decided who to support individually. While Ortom, Okezie and Ugwuanyi pitched tent with Peter Obi of Labour Party, Wike and Makinde supported Asiwaju Bola Tinubu who eventually won the presidential election.

In the end, Tinubu claimed three of the states belonging to the G-5 Governors-Rivers, Oyo and Benue. Though Ortom never supported Tinubu, but he lost the state to him. Obi won in Abia and Enugu massively. In the five states, Atiku did not get the needed 25 percent. If he had won those five states, with his performance in other places, he would have emerged the president of Nigeria.

Atiku’s downfall profited Tinubu greatly. He won three of the states and scored over 25 percent in them. If Atiku had known, he would have dropped his ego and consent to the demand of the aggrieved governor. This may be his last attempt at the presidency because at the next election, he would be 81 years old.

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