The Evangelist News Edition, May 5, 2023. By Admin.
The projection that Bola Tinubu, the president-elect, will go for a government of unity has begun to play out ahead of his inauguration scheduled for May 29, when President Muhammadu Buhari will officially hand over power to him.
The drama that played out during Tinubu’s 2-day visit to Rivers state might be a testament that the idea of a unity government may be actualised when he assumes office on May 29.
Aside from the fact that he was invited and hosted by Governor Nyesom Wike of the leading opposition, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), there is another sitting governor from the opposition, as well as former governors in attendance as Tinubu visits.
Also in his company is the speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, and five governors, who cut across the PDP and the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
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The governors in attendance are:
Considering his ranking and status, the Oyo state governor is the supposed leader of the PDP in the Southwest. He has become more influential in Nigeria’s politics after pulling a string in the 2023 election.
Makinde proved his worth by winning his second term bid during the March 18 governorship election, despite losing the state to the APC in the February 25 presidential election.
Mohammed Badaru Abubakar
Abubakar, the outgoing governor of Jigawa state, has served the state for two terms and will be handing over to Umar Namadi, the governor-elect, on May 29.
During the 2023 governorship election in the state, Abubakar led the APC in retaining power in the state.
The outgoing governor of Ebonyi state is one of the decisive figures in the APC, particularly in the southeast, despite the wave of the Labour Party in the region.
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Umahi did not only win his senatorial bid, but he also secured a sizeable number of votes for Tinubu during the presidential election and retained the state for the APC during the guber poll.
Imo state governor is another strong pillar of the APC in the southeast region of Nigeria.
Uzodinma, a former senator, is seeking re-election in the state, and his fate will be decided in the forthcoming November 11 election.
The Kwara governor, who won his re-election in the March 18 governorship election, was part of Tinubu’s entourage that accompanied the president-elect to Rivers state.
Abdulrazaq proved his worth by defeating the Saraki dynasty in the Kwara state politics in 2019 and stopping them from returning in 2023.
Though in PDP, the governor of Rivers State was the host of the president-elect, Bola Tinubu.
Wike was the leader of the G5 governors of the PDP that insisted that power must be shifted to southern Nigeria.
However, they later negotiated for Southern leadership in the PDP in the name of equity and fairness. Still, the opposition leaders failed to heed their demands and allegedly worked against their party during the presidential election.
“I will not marginalise any region”: Tinubu makes fresh vow
Legit.ng earlier reported that Bola Tinubu, the president-elect, has promised to unite the country and take development to all regions once his administration is inaugurated.
Tinubu, while addressing the people of Rivers state, promised that his administration would not marginalise any part of the country in terms of development.
The president-elect was on a 2-day visit to Rivers state, commended Governor Nyesom Wike for the giant development in the state, added that he would be more needed for a higher role. (Source: Legit.ng).