Amaechi’s Suspension: Presidency Wants Out-of-court Settlement
After successfully dousing the tension that gripped the party with the suspension of Governors Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State and Aliyu Wamakko of Sokoto state resulting in the demand for the sack of its national chairman, Bamanga Tukur, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has initiated a peace and reconciliatory move with aggrieved members of the party.
The first major step mulled by the party, with the strong approval of the presidency is to reconcile with Governor Amaechi who was suspended from the shortly after winning the Nigerian Governors Forum election.
According to sources, the PDP may strike an out-of-court settlement deal with the governor and lift the suspension placed on him by the party..
Amaechi is challenging his suspension from the PDP last month following irreconcilable differences with the party’s leadership.
Confirming the latest development, Special Adviser on political affairs to the president, president Ali Ahmed Gulak said “no sacrifice is too much for a leader in sustaining democracy”.
“Whether we agree or otherwise, democracy under President Jonathan has grown far more appreciable and transparent; we all need ourselves as leaders of PDP as we march ahead. If in the course of marching ahead [there may be differences in our thoughts, but all we need do is nothing but appreciate our differences and harmonise,” Gulak said. “Honestly, President Jonathan is available for discussions and consultations on how the PDP will move forward beyond whatever crisis; political solutions are not disallowed and are permissible in resolving political circumstances; we will continue to encourage ourselves and appeal in strong manners as far as bringing our disillusioned members back to the PDP; we will bring all back in no distance time.”
Gulak spoke moments after governors Emmanuel Uduaghan and Godswill Akpabio of Delta and Akwa Ibom states respectively gave indications of further moves towards reconciling PDP governors
Akpabio and Uduaghan spoke after a meeting of the PDP Convention Planning Committee.
Uduaghan said: “We had our emergency NEC meeting yesterday (Thursday) which was very successful and we have a national convention which is coming up on 20th July to regularise elections that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has issued with at the party level. The party is still very much intact and very strong for that matter.
“Some of these governors that people are saying are not pleased with the party — virtually all the governors were there yesterday. Maybe one or two were not there because they travelled.
“As a PDP Governors’ Forum, within ourselves, we are doing a lot of reconciliation. You would have noticed that even the coming back of Wamakko had a lot of input from us.
We had to appeal to the leadership of the party that the suspension should be reversed and the party graciously agreed to reverse it. So, whatever is left, we are handling it at that level.”
Akpabio, who is the chairman of the PDP Governors’ Forum hinted that PDP might explore an out-of-court deal in resolving the problem between Amaechi and the party. “We are exploring all means to ensure an out-of-court settlement and to bring everybody back to the fold,” he said.
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