In a show of solidarity, Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, former Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State, and former Governor James Ibori of Delta State gathered at the Presidential Villa in Abuja yesterday to lend their support to President Bola Tinubu regarding the removal of petroleum subsidy. The trio arrived at the State House at approximately 4:20 pm on Friday.
Both Ibori and President Tinubu served as governors from 1999 to 2007, while Wike recently completed his eight-year term. While Wike and Makinde are members of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), they are part of the G-5 group of governors who worked against their party’s presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, in the previous elections. When asked about their presence at the Villa, Makinde stated, “We are here to convey our support and let him know that he has started on the right path, garnering the support of the majority of the people.”
Inquired about the discussion surrounding the subsidy issue, Makinde affirmed, “Yes, we discussed it. It is currently a topic of intense public discourse. We understand that it is a challenging decision for the people, and he requires the support of everyone to navigate through this.”