20 PDP Governors Shun Bamanga Tukur’s One-Year Anniversary and Grand Reconciliation Gathering
The crisis rocking the Peoples’ Democratic Party assumed a grand dimension yesterday as the first year anniversary celebration of the Bamanga Tukur lead National Working Committee (NWC), which was also arranged to serve as a grand reconciliation meeting to bring together disaffected members of the party was boycotted by twenty governors of the party.
The event which ended up “a woeful failure” as described by one of the party’s prominent members also witnessed the absence of the Senate President, Speaker and several prominent members of the party.
The first year anniversary celebration and planned reconciliation meeting which took place at the International Conference Center in Abuja had only governor Idris Wada of Kogi, Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara and Governor Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom as the only sitting governors in attendance, while the other governors sent their deputies to represent them, thus indicating that the gathering was low on their priority list.
Delivering his speech at the event, embattled chairman of the PDP Governors’ Forum, Chief Godswill Akpabio debunked newspaper reports that eight PDP governors were planning to leave the party to join the newly formed coalition of opposition parties. Instead, the governor said PDP is working to receive governors of the opposition parties into its fold.
On his own part, Vice President Namadi Sambo warned those working against the interest of the party to stop it and unite for the interest of the party.
“Once we have restructured and rebuild, we are ready to face any opposition party. We advised opposition parties to join PDP,” Mr. Sambo said.
Highlights of the event include presentation of goodwill messages from party faithful and cutting of the first year anniversary cake for the Bamanga Tukur headed National working Committee, which was supervised by Vice President Namadi Sambo who chaired the occasion.
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