PDP/NGF Reconciliation Deadlocked As Amaechi, Jang Refuse to Shift Ground
For three days, governors elected on the platform of the PDP and Obasanjo as well as President Goodluck Jonathan had been locked in a series of meetings aimed at ending the crisis in the party that has been heightened by the controversial election of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF), which led to the re-election of Rivers State governor Rotimi Amaechi with 19 votes as against 16 votes for Plateau State governor Jonah Jang.
But the refusal of governors loyal to President Jonathan to accept Amaechi as the NGF chairman while endorsing Jang as their chairman has polarised the NGF into two camps.
As of Tuesday, both Jang and Amaechi had been put under intense pressure to step aside for a neutral governor to take over the mantle of leadership at the NGF.
But the meeting convened by Obasanjo ended at about 3am on Wednesday without any meaningful progress in that regard.
A source at the meeting last night said both Amaechi and Jang stood their grounds, insisting on their claims to the NGF chairmanship.
Checks revealed that after the Monday night meeting, which dragged on to the early hours of Tuesday, reconvened, the tone of the governors changed from being reconciliatory.
The source, who sought anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the matter, said: “Honestly, the meeting did not end as much as we expected; it was a setback but we shall not rest until we see to the end of the crisis; we are all brothers and we cannot afford to fight for too long.
“My greatest surprise was that we had some tentative agreements before we adjourned to re-convene on Tuesday night, but the meeting became something else as one party reneged. So under such circumstances, there was nothing we could do than to also stick to ours.”
Before the Tuesday night meeting, the pro-Amaechi PDP governors had met at the Asokoro lodge of one of them where they reviewed the Monday night’s parley, its outcome and the likely implications for the group.
At the Asokoro meeting which preceded the Tuesday night session, they were said to have insisted that Obasanjo’s recognition of Amaechi was the only path to peace, a position they forcefully pushed at the re-convened meeting. Their argument was that Amaechi emerged through a democratically-conducted election and won with 19 votes as against Jang with 16 votes, insisting that 16 could not be greater than 19.
This, it was gathered, emboldened the pro-Jang governors to also insist that as the consensus candidate of the PDP, Jang remained their chairman.
As at press time, there were no indications that the peace parley would be re-scheduled to another date.
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