Obasanjo, IBB, New PDP Govs Shun Post-Convention Dinner
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo, former military president, Ibrahim Babangida and the seven governors of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who boycotted the party’s special convention penultimate Saturday were absent at the party’s post-convention dinner last night.
The dinner, which held at the banquet hall of the presidential villa, however, had over 16 governors of the party in attendance, while about nine former governors also attended
The governors who were absent were Sule Lamido (Jigawa), Babangida Aliyu (Niger), Ahmed Fatai (Kwara), Aliyu Wamakko (Sokoto), Murtala Nyako (Adamawa), Rabiu Kwankwaso (Kano) and Rotimi Amaechi (Rivers).
But the presidency said yesterday described those absent at the dinner as those who had chosen to toe the wrong path.
Special adviser to the president on political matters, Ahmed Gulak, who gave the welcome address, said that more than 90 per cent of Nigerians were on the side of Jonathan and the PDP.
According to him, “Sixteen governors are here. Those who are not here are on the wrong path and they had better return before it is late”.
He further said that what happened at the just concluded special convention was not the result of poor management of the event, but a premeditated plan to cause confusion in the party. He, however, declared that the party was surefooted to tackle the problem.
Former minister of information and PDP chieftain Professor Jerry Gana insisted that the party was always ready to face the challenges confronting it, even as he added that, while it does not show weakness of the party, reconciliation was a good option for the moment.
Also in attendance were PDP Board of Trustees chairman, Tony Anenih; PDP national chairman, Bamanga Tukur; former chairmen of the party, Ahmadu Ali, Barnabbas Gemade, Vincent Ogbulafor, Okwesilieze Nwodo and Bello Haliru.
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