The five governors of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), known as the ‘Integrity Group’ have again in Abia State stated that the integrity Governors believe in equity, fairness, and justice and will never succumb to any intimidation by anybody.
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo on Wednesday led the governors of Benue, Samuel Ortom, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (Enugu), and Seyi Makinde (Oyo) to Abia State ahead of the flag-off of the campaign of the State’s chapter of the PDP.
They were received on arrival by Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu, Abia State Governor, who after the welcome formalities, organised a gala night event for them in his country home, Umuobiakwa.
He treated them to delectable rich cultural performances, music renditions, dances, and comedy. The Integrity Governors also had their session and danced.
Speaking on behalf of his colleagues, Dr. Samuel Ortom, reiterated that they are committed members of the PDP.
He stressed that as governors of States controlled by the PDP, they are working assiduously while deploying political strategies, to make sure that the party is delivered in their States during the 2023 election.
“All our States from Abia to Rivers, to Oyo to Enugu, to Benue, all of us are PDP States, and we are very strong in all these States, and we are committed to our party.
“We have teamed together to build this party to make it very strong and our intention was that we will take over governance in 2023 and build Nigeria again from bottom to top.”
He said, the five governors are men of integrity who believe in equity, fairness and justice will never succumb to any intimidation.
“One notable person that has made this party what it is, is governor Wike. Since he joined PDP, he has never left PDP.
“In 2015, when I was denied the ticket, l left, went to APC and grab the governor, came back to PDP, because PDP is home.
“So, we appreciate PDP. It is the platform we are working for in our various States. We are not going to be intimated. We appreciate the traditional rulers. You charged us not to be intimidated but stand for the truth. That is what we stand for.”
Governor Ortom expressed regret that some of those who were part of the accord on the demand that the next Nigeria’s president should be a southerner eventually “chickened out”.
“Unfortunately, enemies of progress came in. Because one thing that we believed as men of integrity, as men who believed in equity, fairness and justice was our resolve.
“All of us and many others who chickened out, especially from the South resolved that after eight years of rule in the North, we all know that in the unwritten constitution of this country, that it was only right for the sake of justice and equity that presidency should come from the South. And that is what we have stood for.”
Ortom said further, “Unfortunately, we have found ourselves where we are. But, we told ourselves, we are not going to leave the PDP. You cannot build a house and when a snake creeps into your house, do you abandon that house and run away to go and build another one?”