PDP Crisis Deepens As Governors Amaechi, Uduaghan, Others Staged Walk Out From South-South Peace Meeting
The crisis rocking the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) got worse again today as the governor of River state, Rotimi Amaechi and his Delta state counterpart, Emmanuel Uduaghan along with other party leaders walked out on the National Chairman of the party, Bamanga Tukur at a meeting called to reconcile opposing groups within the party in the South South region. This is coming barely 48 hours after a similar scenario played out at a peace meeting held to reconcile warring factions of the South West PDP in Ibadan, Oyo state capital, where prominent leaders of the party including former President Olusegun Obasanjo boycotted the meeting.
The South-South meeting just like a similar one in the Sout-West is an initiative of the Bamangu Tukur led national leadership of the party to reconcile feuding factions and restore peace to bickering state chapters.
Held at the civic centre, along Moscow road in Port Harcourt, the meeting which had in attendance, members of the national working committee including the National Chairman of the Party, Bamanga Tukur, was going on peacefully until the Chairman of the PDP Governors Forum, Godswill Akpabio and governor of Akwa Ibom state called some of the party leaders in the meeting, hungry people while delivering his address. This statement from his speech caught the anger of those at the meeting including River state and Uduaghan of Delta state who immediately stood up and left the meeting while other leaders followed suit.
Governors Amaechi, Uduaghan and Senator Ndoma Egba had in an earlier address at the meeting, expressed the view that the party should strive to put its house in order, but as soon as governor Akpabio took the floor from Uduaghan, he began on an embarrassing note, asking party leaders from Delta State present at the meeting if they were hungry and they chorused “Yes!”. Not satisfied with what seems like a deliberate attempt to embarrass the governor of Delta state, Akpabio proceeded by saying “Well, my brother Delta state governor said you are hungry; are you hungry?” The crowd again replied by chorusing “Yes.” He thereafter said:” So, I will give the state chairmen from the six states N1million for Mr. Biggs right now. All the state chairmen should see me immediately after my remarks so that I drop N1million each for Mr. Biggs, so that PDP can chart the course for empowerment.”
It was during the process of these obviously ridiculing remarks that Amaechi, Uduaghan and other senior political holders at the venue stormed out in annoyance. What followed were people moving out in droves.
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