Embattled governor of Rivers state, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi might soon have respite as indications emerged that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Governors Forum is exploring out of court options to effect the lifting of the suspension slammed on him.
Chairman of the PDP Governors Forum, Mr. Godswill Akpabio, dropped this hint Friday in Abuja, while fielding questions from journalists at Legacy House.
Akpabio disclosed that the Forum is working round the clock to ensure all outstanding issues are resolved and all its members brought back to the forum to enable them participate in all activities of the party.
“The reconciliation among the governors is already ongoing. If you noticed yesterday, we have almost all the governors of the PDP there. You saw almost every governor was there; even the recently recalled Governor of Sokoto state attended the meeting.
“So, almost all the PDP governors were there. If there was any PDP governor that wasn’t there yesterday, he was probably on official duty for the federal government, and for the nation.
“I know that the governor of Benue State, governor Suswam is a member of the NIPP Committee, running around looking for investors in the power sector and I think they travelled to Hong Kong. So, he wasn’t there and I think his deputy was there too. So, you can see that peace is gradually returning to the fold of the entire PDP and I assure that all issues will be resolved.
“A pressman asked me the other day that, yes, you have recalled the governor of Sokoto State through the national working committee, what about the governor of Rivers State and I pointed out that the governor of Sokoto State didn’t go to court and that the other matter, regarding my brother, the governor of Rivers State is in court and was therefore subjudice.
“But we are exploring all means to ensure out of Court settlement and to bring back everybody to the fold. It is important to note that we are very determined, the PDPGF to bring back our brothers together.”
Akpabio further disclosed that “the intention of our Forum isn’t to lose a single governor; instead, we want to increase in the number, because when I came in as a governor in 2007, we had almost 29 governors in the PDP, but through various courts judgment and internal wrangling, the number depleted until we are now about 23”.
He emphasized that the PDP Governors’ Forum is very determined to increase the number of governors in its fold from the present 23.