The G-5 Integrity Group have reportedly kicked against the former Governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Tambuwal, becoming the minority leader in the 10th Senate.
The Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the 2023 elections, Atiku Abubakar and the G5 Governors are reportedly going head to head over Tambuwal‘s projected emergence in the Senate.
While Atiku and PDP support Tambuwal to become the minority leader in the Senate, the G5 governors are against his emergence.
The PUNCH reported that a PDP chieftain from the South-West region, under the condition of anonymity stated that the G-5 group would not support Tambuwal because of his decision to back out of the presidential race under the PDP to support Atiku.
The source stated, “There is no way the G-5 leaders will support Tambuwal. He betrayed other PDP presidential aspirants. Instead of staying in the race for the PDP presidential ticket, backed out to support Atiku. They will never support him on this.
“I hope the PDP will back out of this mission of pushing Tambuwal as Senate Minority Leader. If they insist he is the one they want, he will lose.”
Several lawmakers in favour of G-5 echoed this sentiment, stating that the PDP should reconsider promoting Tambuwal for the Senate Minority Leader role.
In a surprising twist, the alleged opposing contender, Senator Jarigbe Jarigbe, has denied any knowledge of being nominated for the minority leadership role.
He dismissed the rumours as unfounded and insisted that neither he nor the former Governor of Rivers, Wike had discussed this plan.
When asked about Wike’s recent visit to the National Assembly, which was rumored to be a discussion about the leadership issue, Jarigbe reaffirmed that he had no information about this.
He said, “Yes, I heard he was at the National Assembly last Thursday but we didn’t even talk.”