The Governor of Abia State, Okezie Ikpeazu, has insisted he has no intention of leaving the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
He, however, said that it was important for the PDP and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, to figure out how they are going to involve the South-East in the scheme of things within the party.
Ikpeazu, Governor Nyesom Wike (Rivers State), Governor Samuel Ortom (Benue State) and Governor Seyi Makinde (Oyo State) have formed a quartet of governors who have met Atiku, the presidential candidates of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Labour Party, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Mr Peter Obi, respectively, at different times in political negotiations.
However, Ikpeazu claims that although they have engaged in different discussions with other parties, his focus remained on the PDP.
Ikpeazu’s words: “Forget all talks of leaving the PDP. I am not leaving the PDP and I don’t think other governors are planning to do so.
“But the point is that the South-East was denied tickets for the presidency in both the PDP and APC. That leaves us unsure of where we are going, what roles we will play in after the 2023 elections. That is my concern. That is what I am fighting for.”