PDP Crisis: Presidency Snubs Baraje’s Emissary To Postpone Oct 7 Meeting
As the presidency prepares for tomorrow’s meeting with the G-7 governors, it has shunned the emissary sent by the new Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) because “it is an illegal platform and an interloper”.
A competent source in Aso Rock said Sunday that the emissary from the Baraje group could not have arrived in the State House because the president does not recognise him and the faction he leads.
“Receiving any such message would amount to a tacit recognition of the faction. I suspect why they are yet to send any such message is in deference to this reality. They do not exist and President Jonathan does not think the PDP has any faction. So, why must a renegade group make representation to the president? The position as at today is that the presidency will not entertain any communication that has Baraje’s imprint,” the source said.
The official also disclosed that the presidency was yet to receive any formal communication from the G-7 governors whom he is parleying with to resolve the intra-party crisis.
“The implication is that the presidency is still prepared for the October 7 meeting with the governors as agreed in their last meeting. Do not forget that Baraje is not part of the negotiations. Any communication to the president must be from the so-called aggrieved governors. In what capacity did Baraje announce in the media that he is putting off a meeting with the president when he is not part of it, even before his so-called emissary was yet to leave his house?” he added.
The source added that neither the presidency nor the governors have announced any shift in the date of the meeting.
“As it stands, the meeting will hold as scheduled unless the governors have developed cold feet.”
The source further said that the meeting, whether it holds or not, will decide the final outcome of the reconciliation process.
On whether failure to hold the meeting on Monday means the total collapse of the reconciliation process in the party, the source said the implication may trigger further actions.
“I cannot say that would mark the end of reconciliation, but you should know that the actions and utterances of the governors do not suggest that they are serious with the ongoing dialogue.
“How can a governor be declaring boldly that they will stay in PDP to fight Jonathan and Tukur? What it means is that nothing is being discussed and, at best, it is given that they are still in PDP but with a sinister motive.”
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