Jonathan Backs Move To Revive PDP Just As Northern PDP Governors Reject Moves To Make Him BoT Chair
President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday promised to work with the PDP Post- Election Review Committee to return the party to its lost glory.
He told the Ike Ekweremadu-led committee in Abuja that everything will be done to ensure that PDP does not only present a credible opposition for the country but also work to return to power in 2019.
But Just as most of the South East and South South governors are calling for the resignation of the party’s national chairman, Adamu Mua’zu, northern governors under the platform of the party who are insisting that Mua’zu serve out his tenure have also rejected move to install President Jonathan as the chiarman of the party’s Board of Trustees (BoT).
One source said that at a recent meeting PDP Northern governors resolved to mobilise party chieftains across the North to resist the move to sack Muazu, and what is seen as an attempt by the Southeast and the Southsouth to hijack the party.
“Governors at the meeting insisted that the plot to remove Muazu does not enjoy the support of President Goodluck Jonathan.
“According to them, those behind the divisive move are merely popularizing their intention by dropping the name of the President,” the source said.
The convener of the meeting, a Northwest governor, reportedly said he had spoken with Jonathan on the issue and the President swore he is not a party to the plan to change the leadership of the party before or after his exit from office.
The governors agreed to remain in the PDP and ensure that all organs of the party are allowed to complete their tenure, the source said.
Another source said that following the stand of the Northern governors, their Southern counterparts tabled a modified plan to replace the Muazu-led executives with a caretaker committee.
This was also reportedly rejected by the PDP Northern governors, who similarly kicked again an alleged plan to install President Goodluck Jonathan as chairman, Board of Trustees (BoT) of the party.
One of the sources said: “There is an imminent clash of interest amongst the governors.
“There seems to be no way to bring them to an agreement because some governors, especially those from the Southsouth, are still going about how to reposition the party without Muazu and his executives.
“Even as we speak, they had a meeting where it was resolved that the Southsouth should produce the next chairman while the Southwest should retain the Secretary.
“The decision of three Northern governors who were previously part of the ‘Muazu Must Go’ plot to pull out could not even convince these governors to dump the plot.
“So unless something gives way soon, any plan to change the leadership of the party and even the BoT in the nearest future will pitch our governors against one another along regional lines. This is obviously not good for the PDP.”