Crisis In New PDP, As Jonathan’s Seperate Meetings With Some G-7 Governors Causes Division
Strong indications emerged yesterday that the group of seven breakaway governors in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) are now divided over the secrecy surrounding the individual meetings between President Goodluck Jonathan and some G-7 governors in the last two weeks ago.
It is suspected that the presidency has been working to break the ranks of the aggrieved governors just as crisis looms in the fold of the new group following some irreconcilable differences.
It was gathered that President Jonathan and three of the G-7 governors held a separate meeting with the Kano State governor, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, a move that have been generating suspicion in the ranks of the new PDP.
The president had earlier played host to the Niger State governor, Muazu Babangida Aliyu, a week before his meeting with the Kano governor at the presidential villa.
It was also gathered that the position of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC which recognised the National Chairman of PDP, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur and his National Working Committee, NWC as the authentic body, has also created a situation of ‘indecision’ in the group, just as some members of Baraje faction now have three options to know where the pendulum would shift to.
According to the source, some of them were contemplating joining the All Progressives Congress, APC, ‘abandoning the struggle midway’ or to be with the Peoples Democratic Movement, PDM, even as the last option was being considered as ‘too dangerous to gamble with.’
The source said: “The fight for internal democracy that we waged against Tukur and the President is not a personal one; we all have our personal relationships with either Tukur or the president; but a situation where some people, because they have access to the villa, will go in to meet with the president and table their personal matters will only whittle down our fight.”
“Today, you have seen that our operational office has been sealed up by the same people who say they are pursuing peace; this is happening because most of the governors have been discussing different and personal matters with the president each time they have audience with him.”
He further disclosed that the initial agreement before the August 31 walkout at the PDP national convention was that the new PDP would join the APC.
“Our initial plan was to join the APC so that we could join forces with other like minds to remove these anti-democratic forces from the corridors of power.
“We agreed to team up with the APC but later events and developments showed that some persons were not comfortable with the leadership of the APC; this, to some of us, was not good enough because the only way to achieve the aim of the struggle is to re-create a new Nigeria by voting out PDP, and the only way to do this would have been to decamp to the APC”.
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