The five aggrieved governors of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), popularly known as G-5, have said they are not scared of any sanction from the party leadership.
The governors had reportedly met with the All Progressives Congress presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu in London, the United Kingdom.
The APC standard bearer was said to have lobbied for the endorsement of the five governors during the marathon meeting which was held on Tuesday.
Hours after the governors meeting with Tinubu, the PDP said it was not aware of their parley with the ruling party’s presidential candidate, noting that as far it was concerned, the governors were in the UK on vacation.
PDP, threatened to punish the governors for any anti-party activities, stressing that it had the capacity to discipline the recalcitrant governors.
However, the governors dared the national leadership of the party to proceed with the threat to sanction them for supporting any other presidential candidate instead of Atiku, adding that they had done nothing wrong to deserve sanction by the party.
Governor Wike, speaking in Port Harcourt on Thursday through his commissioner for Information and Communications, Alabo-elect Chris Finebone, said the group was not afraid of any suspension from the party.
He said, “We are watching if they can do that. It is those who want to do it (suspension) that deserve to speak.
“They know the consequences of doing that but let it come from the mouth of those who intend to do that – those who intend to suspend Governor Wike and four others.
“Let them be the ones that will say what the outcome will be. Being afraid of suspension is not in our dictionary at all.
“Let those who think they want to suspend Governor Wike and others attempt it. That means they want to plant a wind; they will reap a whirlwind.”
Also, Benue State governor, Ortom, insisted that they did nothing to warrant sanction from the party leadership.
“My reaction to this is simple: the governor has not done anything wrong against the party to warrant any impunity or sanction by the party,” Ortom’s chief press secretary, Nathaniel Ikyur, said.
Meanwhile, the PDP in Oyo State described the threat by the party’s national leadership to sanction the G5 governors, including Seyi Makinde over alleged anti-party activities as a rumour.
A source at state chapter of the party who initially declined comment said the party could not react to the rumour.
He said the party would wait for the leadership at the national level to carry out its threat, and allow the governor to react before the state chapter would react.
“I don’t want to react because it’s still a rumour. It is still at the national level. The state chapter of the party will have to allow the party to carry out its threat, allow the governor to react before the state chapter reacts”, the source said.