Key PDP Governors, Party Leaders Shun TAN’s Grand Rally in Abuja
The grand finale rally of the Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria’s ended on Saturday at the Eagle Square with major stakeholders of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), including key governors elected on the platform of the party conspicuously absent.
No reason has been given for their absence. But this development is considered worrisome, because it occured despite an earlier directive by the National Publicity Secretary of PDP, Olisa Metuh urging party members to attend.
But the PDP had last month warned all members of the party to distance themselves from the rally, but Thursday, Metuh had in another statement urged all the party’s members to attend.
The absentee governors at the TAN rally are Sule Lamido of Jigawa State, Ibrahim Shema of Katsina State, Babangida Muazu of Niger State, Isa Yuguda of Bauchi State, Jonah Jang of Plateau State, Gabriel Suswam of Benue State and Emmanuel Udughan of Delta State. This is despite the fact that most of the PDP governors were in Abuja.
Among the governors present, however, were the chairman of the PDP Governors Forum and the Akwa Ibom State governor, Goodswill Akpabio; the Bayelsa State Governor Seriake Dickson, Adamawa State Governor Bala Ngilari, Taraba State Acting Governor Garba Umar, Kaduna State Governor Yero Ramalam.
The earlier advertisement that President Jonathan would officially attend the rally to declare his intention to run in 2015 turned out to be false, as he was nowhere close to the venue of the grand rally in Eagle Square.
The Secretary to the Government of Federation, Anyim Pius Anyim said that there are 17.8 million Nigerians under TAN urging President Jonathan to contest the 2015 presidential election, adding that there is no vacancy in Aso Rock.
Similarly, Governor Akpabio said that the PDP has not disappointed Nigeria and Nigerians since 1999. He also commended TAN for mobilising Nigerians towards supporting President Jonathan.
He said that President Jonathan has risen above all storms and established new federal universities, almajiri schools, adequate fuel supply for all, adequate power, stating that there are 17.8 million members of TAN calling on the President to contest the 2015 presidential election.
Among the dignitaries at the rally were the Vice President, Namadi Sambo, the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, the Deputy Speaker of House of Representatives, Emeka Ihedioha, the Secretary to Government of the Federation, Anyiam Pius Anyiam as well as some National Assembly members
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