The five PDP governors are from the Southsouth and the Southeast. Two are from the Southsouth and three from the Southeast.
“The five governors are lobbying APC leaders to help cut a deal with President Buhari by which the President will allow them to be re-elected in return for their support for Buhari to win the presidential election in those PDP states.
“The arrowhead of the group (from the Southsouth) has been talking to two APC governors. He is pleading with the governors to present the request of the five PDP governors to the President ahead of a likely face-to-face meeting.”
The arrowhead of the pact is said to have started mounting pressure on the two APC governors in Nigeria and has continued with the pressure during the ongoing visit of the President to China.
The affected Southsouth governor had earlier failed in his attempt to defect to the APC in the face of total rejection of his move by APC leaders at the national level and at the state chapter, it was learnt.
“The idea of lobbying for some horse trading with President Buhari was first brought up by the arrowhead, who broached it with senior officials of the Presidency last year when his relationship with PDP leaders and members in his state, including his godfather, became frosty,” a source said, pleading not to be named “so as not to jeopardise the negotiations”.
Another source spoke of how Senator Godswill Akpabio’s defection and the inroad being made by the APC into the Southsouth has caused a political upset in the geopolitical zone.
“With the defection of Senator Akpabio on August 8 to the APC and the obvious rise in the electoral fortunes of the party in the zone, the arrowhead was mandated by the group to secure an audience with President Buhari for them to present their plan.
Said the source: “Should the meeting hold, the governors would be dangling before the Presidency the prospect of a win for President Buhari in the Southsouth and Southeast zones, the two regions that have been the strongholds of the PDP.”