Five Governors Meet Jonathan, Demands Tukur’s Removal as a Condition for Peace
Five northern governors: Sule Lamido (Jigawa), Rabiu Kwankwaso (Kano), Babangida Aliyu (Niger), Aliyu Wamakko (Sokoto), and Muritala Nyako (Adamawa), all from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP yesterday met with President Goodluck Jonathan at the Aso Rock Villa, Abuja and gave the president conditions that must be met for peace to return to the party.
The meeting which sources described as private was brokered by Senate President David Mark at the instance of President Jonathan who is desirous of ending the raging crises in the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) and the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF), so as to put him in good footing for his 2015 presidential ambition.
Although, details of the meeting was unclear as at press time, It was gathered that issues bordering on the recent moves by the five northern governors which saw them visiting former Nigerian leaders as well as their Rivers State counterpart, Rotimi Amaechi, over what they called “efforts to save the ruling party and democracy” dominated the session.
Abusidiqu.com was made to understand that the five governors insisted on the removal of the PDP National Chairman, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, as their condition to be at peace with the party and the Presidency.
According to one of the sources, the governors maintained that “Tukur is the problem and should leave for peace to return to the ruling party,” adding that the governors assured the president that they would not leave the PDP for another party.
It could however not be established last night whether President Jonathan accepted the governors’ demand, but he reportedly assured the governors that he was aware of their face-off with some influential people close to him and the PDP and was poised to address them in the interest of the party and the country.
The visit of the governors to President Goodluck is coming few days after a similar visit to former President Olusegun Obasanjo in Abeokuta.
The governors after meeting with Obasanjo also extended a similar visit two former military leaders, Generals Ibrahim Babangida and Abdusalami Abubakar in Minna, the Niger State capital.
It had been speculated that the separate meetings the governors had with the former leaders were a means to douse the tension in the ruling party.
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