PDP Crisis: Jonathan Meets Four ‘Rebel’ Govs

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Akin Akande, Abuja

As efforts are on to find as lasting solution to ending the lingering factional crisis of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), President Goodluck Jonathan on Monday met with four of the seven aggrieved governors, Rotimi Amaechi (Rivers), Muazu Bangida Aliyu (Niger), Abdulfatah Ahmed (Kwara) and Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso (Kano) at First Lady’s Conference Room in the State House, Abuja.

The meeting also had pro- Jonathan governors in attendance. They are Kogi State Governor, Capt. Idris Wada, Akwa Ibom, Godswill Akpabio, Katsina State, Ibrahim Shehu Shema and Cross River, Senator Liyel Imoke.

Governors Sule Lamido (Jigawa), Aliyu Wamakko (Sokoto) and Murtala Nyako (Adamawa) were absent at the meeting as they were said to be away on pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia.

Vice President, Namadi Sambo and PDP Board of Trustees chairman, Tony Anenih were also at the meeting.

As it has been the practice since the meetings started, reporters were barred from moving close to the venue as only NTA camera man and NAN photographer were allowed to cover it.

After the meeting, Governors Liyel Imoke and Babangida Aliyu addressed the two cameramen on ground.

In the straightforward interaction devoid of questions and answers, Governor Imoke read a prepared statement.

“Sequel to the meeting held on the 15th of September and in line with the agreements reached at the meeting, the governors met with the President, Vice President and the Chairman of the board of trustees,” the statement read out to journalists stated.

The statement stated further: “The meeting, which was cordial, resolved that in spite of the unfortunate events that arose after the meeting of 15th of September, the parties remain committed to the resolution of the differences.

“The meeting agreed to continue to take steps towards implementing the resolutions agreed to at the previous meetings.

“In view of the above some of the governors it was resolved that the meetings be reconvened shortly after the Muslim hajj and Christian pilgrimages are concluded.

“The Presidency had insisted on going ahead with the meeting despite the emissaries said to have been sent to the State House by factional leader, Abubakar Bawa Baraje seeking the postponement of the meeting,” the statement added.