Rebel Governors Set To Meet Tonight To Discuss Their Defection. APC Could Be Chosen Home

Rebel Governors Set To Meet Tonight To Discuss Their Defection. APC Could Be Chosen Home


By Lanre Neville:
Seven aggrieved governors of the Peoples Democratic Party will
meet in Abuja on Sunday night (today) to strategise on how to
face the challenges before them.
The meeting, which is holding at the Sokoto State Governor’s
Lodge, is expected to be attended by all the seven governors,
who claim to be disenchanted with the running of the party at
the national level PDP governors expected at the meeting are Aliyu Wamakko (Sokoto), Sule Lamido (Jigawa), Rotimi Amaechi (Rivers), Aliyu Babangida (Niger), Abdulfatai Ahmed (Kwara) Murtala Nyako (Adamawa) and Rabiu Kwankwanso (Kano).
A very reliable source in the faction said senators, stakeholders, some members of the National Working Committee of the faction were also expected at the Sunday meeting.
Investigations by our correspondent in Abuja, on Saturday,
showed that the agenda for the meeting, which is expected to
begin around 8pm, include the refusal by the Independent
National Electoral Commission to grant the splinter group
recognition the verdict of a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja,
which declined the request of the faction for recognition and
the planned defection of the governors.
In addition to the the governors, others in the faction are
former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar and some former
governors like Bukola Saraki (Kwara), Shaba Lagiagi (Kwara)
and Abdulahi Adamu (Nasarawa).
A former Acting National Chairman of the party, Mr. Kawu
Baraje and National Secretary, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, are
both chairman and national secretary of the faction
respectively.
It was also learnt that at today’s meeting, the faction would
marshal its points on issues to be tabled before President
Goodluck Jonathan and other leaders of the party.
A peace meeting with the President, which was postponed due to
the just concluded Hajji, was aimed at resolving the differences
between the governors and the leadership of the party.
Before the postponement of the meeting, President Jonathan,
his deputy, Namadi Sambo and the Chairman of the Board of a
Trustees of the party, Chief Tony Anenih, and few governors
from the ruling party, had met with the aggrieved governors on
how to smoothen the relationship between the aggrieved
governors and the party.
Our correspondent learnt that the next date for the meeting
would be known as soon as the President returned from his
pilgrimage to Israel.
A very reliable source among the rebel governors, added that
the meeting would also decide on the way forward for the New
PDP members.
He said, “We would meet on Sunday. We are calling the meeting,
which we have named ‘caucus meeting,’ it will comprise
governors, senators, former governors, stakeholders, few of our
NWC members and very senior members of the party.
“It is a strategic meeting aimed at redefining the struggle and
see whether to sustain it or not. The meeting will also see if
there are possibilities for us moving to another party if all
peace moves fail.”
When asked, the spokesperson for the New PDP, Chukwuemeka
Eze neither confirmed nor denied the meeting. He merely said,
“Just wait and see.”
It was gathered majority of the aggrieved governors were
pushing for their defect to the All Progressives Congress, while
few of them favoured the formation of new political party.
But the majority of the governors were said to have argued
that it was too late to form a new party.
“So, we said it would be better to stay with the APC instead of
forming a new party now. It is too late.” the source said.
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By Lanre Neville:
Seven aggrieved governors of the Peoples Democratic Party will
meet in Abuja on Sunday night (today) to strategise on how to
face the challenges before them.
The meeting, which is holding at the Sokoto State Governor’s
Lodge, is expected to be attended by all the seven governors,
who claim to be disenchanted with the running of the party at
the national level PDP governors expected at the meeting are Aliyu Wamakko (Sokoto), Sule Lamido (Jigawa), Rotimi Amaechi (Rivers), Aliyu Babangida (Niger), Abdulfatai Ahmed (Kwara) Murtala Nyako (Adamawa) and Rabiu Kwankwanso (Kano).
A very reliable source in the faction said senators, stakeholders, some members of the National Working Committee of the faction were also expected at the Sunday meeting.
Investigations by our correspondent in Abuja, on Saturday,
showed that the agenda for the meeting, which is expected to
begin around 8pm, include the refusal by the Independent
National Electoral Commission to grant the splinter group
recognition the verdict of a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja,
which declined the request of the faction for recognition and
the planned defection of the governors.
In addition to the the governors, others in the faction are
former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar and some former
governors like Bukola Saraki (Kwara), Shaba Lagiagi (Kwara)
and Abdulahi Adamu (Nasarawa).
A former Acting National Chairman of the party, Mr. Kawu
Baraje and National Secretary, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, are
both chairman and national secretary of the faction
respectively.
It was also learnt that at today’s meeting, the faction would
marshal its points on issues to be tabled before President
Goodluck Jonathan and other leaders of the party.
A peace meeting with the President, which was postponed due to
the just concluded Hajji, was aimed at resolving the differences
between the governors and the leadership of the party.
Before the postponement of the meeting, President Jonathan,
his deputy, Namadi Sambo and the Chairman of the Board of a
Trustees of the party, Chief Tony Anenih, and few governors
from the ruling party, had met with the aggrieved governors on
how to smoothen the relationship between the aggrieved
governors and the party.
Our correspondent learnt that the next date for the meeting
would be known as soon as the President returned from his
pilgrimage to Israel.
A very reliable source among the rebel governors, added that
the meeting would also decide on the way forward for the New
PDP members.
He said, “We would meet on Sunday. We are calling the meeting,
which we have named ‘caucus meeting,’ it will comprise
governors, senators, former governors, stakeholders, few of our
NWC members and very senior members of the party.
“It is a strategic meeting aimed at redefining the struggle and
see whether to sustain it or not. The meeting will also see if
there are possibilities for us moving to another party if all
peace moves fail.”
When asked, the spokesperson for the New PDP, Chukwuemeka
Eze neither confirmed nor denied the meeting. He merely said,
“Just wait and see.”
It was gathered majority of the aggrieved governors were
pushing for their defect to the All Progressives Congress, while
few of them favoured the formation of new political party.
But the majority of the governors were said to have argued
that it was too late to form a new party.
“So, we said it would be better to stay with the APC instead of
forming a new party now. It is too late.” the source said.
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