President Jonathan, G-7 PDP Governors Reaches Agreement
The meeting between President Goodluck Jonathan and the 7 rebellious governors in the Peoples Democratic Party which was held at the Presidential Villa yesterday ended with both parties agreeing to observe a “ceasefire” until final discussions on October 7 to iron out differences is reached.
An aide to President Jonathan said the air around the meeting gave them hope that the disagreements between the president’s faction and the ‘New PDP’ might be resolved on that date.
The meeting which was attended by Governors RotimiAmaechi (Rivers), Babangida Aliyu (Niger), Sule Lamido (Jigawa), Abdulfattah Ahmed (Kwara) Murtala Nyako (Adamawa), Ibrahim Shema (Katsina), Ibrahim Dankwambo (Gombe), Liyel Imoke (Cross River) and Idris Wada (Kogi), preceded the enlarged meeting of all stakeholders of the party scheduled for Same night at the villa.
The focus of tonight’s meeting was mostly Rivers State governor, Rotimi Amaechi, who members of Mr. Jonathan’s team presented as being too “belligerent” and having had an upper hand in the media.
At the end of the meeting, a hand written statement drafted by Cross Rivers State Governor, Liyel Imoke, stating that they have agreed to give peace a chance was read by the Niger State governor, Babangida Aliyu, but not without initial opposition from some of the rebelling governors. They were of the concern that the statement could be manipulated by the president’s team to create an impression of what was not agreed.
It took the personal effort of President Jonathan prevailing on the governors to allow the statement to be read. The president reportedly told Amaechi to allow a statement to be issued if he doesn’t have anything personal against him and Governor Amaechi reportedly replied that he does not, adding that it would however make more sense to wait till October 7 before any statement was issued.
“Leaders and stakeholders and the governors of Adamawa, Niger, Rivers, Sokoto, Jigawa, AkwaIbom, Kogi and Cross River states met with the president, the Vice President and the chairman of the board of trustees and extensively deliberated on various issues over a three day period.
“The discussions were cordial and fruitful with a clear commitment on both sides to resolve all the issues raised at the meetings, the meeting also called on all parties to sheath their swords and avoid further inflammatory comments on all issues, particularly during the course of our deliberations as efforts are being made to resolve all differences.
“We use this opportunity, therefore, to thank all members of our party and supporters for the patience and understanding”
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