PDP Crisis: Obasanjo Elders Committee in Dilemma
The PDP Elders Committee meeting headed by Obasanjo and was attended by former military president, Ibrahim Babangida, Chairman of the PDP Board of Trustees (BoT), Chief Tony Anenih, former national chairmen of the party, Ahmadu Ali, and Senator Barnabas Gemade, may have run into a brick wall due to the inability to reach a consensus on the factionalisation of the ruling party.
It was gathered that at the meeting held Friday night, after listening to both sides of the Alhaji Bamanga Tukur-led PDP and the splinter group led by Alhaji Abubakar Baraje, the elders committee was unable to reach a consensus on how to resolve the crisis.
The elders were said to be polarised on their support for Tukur to continue in office as the national chairman, while other members called for his resignation as one of the conditions to appease the splinter group within the party.
Also, the committee could not agree on whether to lift the suspension slammed on Amaechi, given that his suspension has exceeded 30 days. Yet, the two National Executive Committee (NEC) meetings of the party that took place on June 20 and August 22 did not discuss the suspension of the governor.
It was further gathered that there was no consensus by the PDP elders on the parallel executive committees in Adamawa State, with each of the factional committees loyal to either the state governor, Murtala Nyako or Tukur.
Though the Obasanjo committee tacitly acknowledged that the crisis in the party was all about the contest for 2015, but it was not certain whether a position was taken to dissuade the president from presenting himself for the presidential contest.
However, the crisis in the party is likely to spin out of control as the presidency is making moves to diminish the efforts being made by Obasanjo to resolve the impasse.
Obasanjo, who was chairman of the PDP BoT until he relinquished the position, and ever since has been involved in a subtle battle of supremacy with Jonathan, has been working visibly and behind the scenes to realign the party.
But a source in the presidency informed last night said the move by “Atiku and others to hijack the party is a clinical one that the president is uncomfortable with.
“As a result, the presidency is currently unveiling its own counter-measures in order not to be caught unawares by its detractors, including Obasanjo who is believed to have encouraged the seven PDP governors to form their faction.”
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