Jonathan Meets 17 PDP Govs at Aso Rock, May Sack Loyalists of the Breakaway Faction
In a quick move to bring back the breakaway governors from the Peoples Democratic Party back to its fold, President Jonathan last night held a closed-door meeting with 17 of the 23 governors of the PDP
Some of the 17 PDP governors, who had arrived for the meeting at press time, include three of the G5+ who had been on a consultation tours.
The meeting was said to have followed a closed-door meeting yesterday between Jonathan and former President Olusegun Obasanjo, who reportedly advised the president on the need to meet with the PDP governors.
President Jonathan, along with Vice-president Namadi Sambo and some members of the PDP leadership, arrived at the first lady’s wing, venue of the meeting at about 9:27pm, while the governors were waiting.
The governors already present at the meeting were Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu (Niger), Rabiu Kwankwaso (Kano), Isa Yuguda (Bauchi), Murtala Nyako (Adamawa), Idris Wada (Kogi), Liyel Imoke (Cross River), Jonah Jang (Plateau), Godswill Akpabio (Akwa Ibom), Abdulfatah Ahmed (Kwara), Emmanuel Uduaghan (Delta), Ibrahim Shema (Katsina), Murktar Ramalan Yero (Kaduna), Garba Umar (Taraba Acting Governor), Seidu Dakingari (Kebbi), Theodore Orji (Abia), Gabriel Suswam (Benue) and Ibrahim Dankwambo (Gombe).
Also present at the meeting were the lawyer to the PDP, Joe Kyari Gadzama (SAN); National Security Adviser (NSA), Col Sambo Dasuki (rtd); Secretary to Government of the Federation (SGF), Anyim Pius Anyim; and the chief of staff to the president, Mike Oghiadhome.
Meanwhile, indications have emerged that President Goodluck Jonathan appears set to relieve some of his appointees with links to the seven governors who, on Saturday, staged a walkout on him and formed a parallel Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
In the impending move, Jonathan, it was gathered, has pencilled in ministers, board members and heads of federal government parastatal agencies in order to remove moles from his government.
According to a credible presidency source, Jonathan, Vice-president Namadi Sambo, Senate president David Mark, national chairman of the party Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, chairman of PDP Board of Trustees Chief Tony Anenih, and some kitchen members of the president met briefly after the convention where they considered some options to deal with the “aggrieved members”.
Although they have not closed the door against the “aggrieved members”, it was the conclusion of those who attended the said meeting that not all of those that walked out would return to the party, hence the need to wield the big stick.
The source said, “Those who staged the walk-out at the convention would be asked to face the disciplinary committee for indiscipline and disloyalty, and if they failed to come, they would be considered guilty as charged; then they would be suspended and face stiff sanctions. Those whose nominees are occupying one office or the other either as chairman or board member would be dropped and replaced with immediate effect.”
When asked how soon, the source said, “As soon as practicable, ministers from states such as Kano, Jigawa, Niger, Adamawa, Kwara and Sokoto would be placed under watch and those who are not loyal would be dropped and replaced. Your political mentor cannot be against the president and the party and you want to remain in your office.
“For example, Alhaji Kawu Baraoje, who was named the chairman of their faction, is the chairman of the Nigerian Railway Corporation; that means he is not qualified for that seat again. That is what would happen to every one of their cronies in government.”
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