G-7 Governors Finally Meet After Police Chased Them Out Of Sokoto Governor’s Lodge
Barely four days after Governor Murtala Nyako of Adamawa state threatened that he and his colleagues would join the opposition All Progressives Congress(APC), the group of aggrieved seven governors in the People Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday met in Abuja to re-strategise on the way forward for the factional group, the new PDP.
The meeting of the G-7 governors was which earlier scheduled to hold at the Sokoto Governor;s Lodge had to be shifted to Abuja for efforts by security agencies to prevent the meeting from taking place.
At the Sokoto Governor’s Lodge, security men had an encounter with some members of the faction as they tried to stop the meeting from holding, a development which prompted a swift movement to the Kano Lodge.
In the session were: Sule Lamido (Jigawa), Aliyu Wamakko (Sokoto), Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso (Kano), Murtala Nyako (Adamawa) and Rotimi Amaechi (Rivers). Muazu Babangida Aliyu (Niger) and Abdulfattah Ahmed (Kwara) were however, absent.
Also at the meeting were leaders of the new PDP including its leader, Abubakar Kawu Baraje, serving senators and members of the House of Representatives sympathetic to the faction, among others. There were unconfirmed reports too that Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal was at the meeting briefly but left midway.
But Tambuwal’s special adviser on Media, Imam Imam said he was no aware that his boss attended any meeting of the new PDP.
A source at the meeting said the session took stock of the faction’s legal challenges as well as the next line of action to be taken after the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and two court verdicts placed hurdles before it, but no communiqué was issued at the end of the meeting.“You know our challenges; we have to look at all issues together, including the next possible move politically and legally too”, he said.
Spokesman of the new PDP, Eze Chukwuemeka Eze said the meeting’s resolution can only be made available twenty-fours later (today).Eze had earlier said the faction would meet to deliberate on the modalities to be adopted in receiving five PDP governors who have agreed to join the new PDP. He did not however, disclose the identities of the governors.
At the meeting’s venue, journalists were barred from the vicinity of the meeting’s venue, the Kano Governor’s Lodge, Asokoro, Abuja. Efforts made by curious newsmen to get close to the lodge were met with warnings from stern-looking security personnel. Curiously too, the meeting which was fixed for 8 pm commenced one hour earlier.
A chieftain of the PDP who spoke anonymously concerning the actions of the governors said the G-7 governors would face the party’s disciplinary committee if they made reconciliation difficult.
“The best thing for the party is for the chieftains to embrace dialogue because the party and the presidency want sanity restored before the end of the year as 2014 is for the campaign.
“I read in the papers today (yesterday) that those seven governors fighting the party are meeting tonight. I pray they embrace the reconciliation. Remember I once told you President Goodluck Jonathan is sincere with the reconciliation and strongly want them to remain in the party despite pressure from some quarters to have them expelled.
“But let me tell you something: any of these governors and their supporters who embraces the reconciliation would never be sanctioned once they returned to the party. However, those who turn their back at the peace effort would be asked to face the disciplinary committee led by Umaru Dikko. This is because President Jonathan wants peace fully restored this year as next year is a different ball game. That is when electioneering begins.”
Speaking in the same manner, a member of the committee and former deputy national chairman of the PDP, Alhaji Shuaibu Oyedokun, confirmed that the committee was the last option.
He said, “In our own opinion, we would have to look into the behavioural pattern of some members; there is a need to get them committed to the rule, as a disciplinary organ of the party made up of mature people; we want justice with human face to be adopted.
“The disciplinary committee would address real allegations against anyone. The accused could be discharged and acquitted or levy imposed or sanction or total expulsion. Expulsion is for anybody found extremely working against the party. This is why members are made of mature leaders, retired magistrate, tested lawyers and other capable hands.”
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