Some Nigerian governors have practically abandoned their primary duty as governors to gallivant in European cities while their subjects grappled with harsh economy and insecurity.
London and Paris have for the past five days become a political haunting ground for presidential candidates and top stakeholders ahead of the much anticipated 2023 election.
With them are four Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governors who have for the past five days relocated to these European cities to pursue political interests ahead of the poll.
The governors have since Sunday held different series of meetings with presidential candidates of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Bola Tinubu; Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Atiku Abubakar; and the Labour Party (LP) Peter Obi in London.
The governors also met with former president Chief Olusegun Obasanjo in the company of former Cross Rivers State governor, Donald Duke.
The PDP governors are, Nyesom Wike (Rivers); Seyi Makinde (Oyo, who has been on vacation in France); Dr Okezie Ikpeazu (Abia); Samuel Ortom (Benue). They were later joined by their Adamawa State governor, Ahmadu Fintri who is leading the reconciliation team for Atiku.
Although details of the meetings remain sketchy at press time, it was gathered that the PDP governors are negotiating with the presidential candidates who have been wooing them for support ahead of the 2023 general election.
The meeting is also a continuation of meetings held in Nigeria with these presidential candidates.
Wike and his team had insisted on the sack of PDP national chairman, Dr Iyorchia Ayu as part of the reconciliation process, a call that has been opposed by key pro-Atiku members, like former Jigawa State governor, Sule Lamido.
Wike and his allies had recently met with Obi and Atiku’s team in Port Harcourt. The Rivers governor had also earlier met with three APC governors, namely Babajide Sanwoolu(Lagos); Kayode Fayemi Ekiti); and Rotimi Akeredolu (Ondo).
Although no pictures of PDP governors meeting with Tinubu in London has emerged, the governors were seen in cozy ambience with Atiku and Obasanjo separately in London.
Wike and his team of PDP governors had been aggrieved over the Rivers governor being sidelined by Atiku for the running mate position after the May 28 primaries of PDP.
Atiku had ignored a clamour by some party leaders and picked Delta State governor, Sen Ifeanyi Okowa as his running mate for the election.