President Jonathan Rules Out Reconciliation with Amaechi
The reconciliatory meeting between the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its splinter group, the ‘New PDP’ is expected to continue tomorrow with a view of bringing back the “rebel” governors of Kwara, Sokoto, Kano, Niger, Jigawa and Adamawa States to the party.What may however cause further division in the party is an indication that President Goodluck Jonathan is not ready to recognize Amaechi as the Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF).
While the president may not be averse to reconciliation with the six northern governors who formed a new faction, a governor, who was privy to last Tuesday’s meeting between the president and some governors considered loyal to him have said that the president has made it clear that he would not recognise the Rivers State Governor, Chibuike Amaechi, as the Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF), adding that the president was pained that Amaechi had used the NGF as a platform to oppose his administration.
“In our meeting, when this matter of the splinter group and the NGF crisis came up, the president made it clear that he will have no dealings with Governor Amaechi as the chairman of the NGF.
“The president is not happy that the NGF which was set up as a policy review think-tank and for peer review, has been turned into an opposition group.
“Those of us at the meeting took it as he said it, because he is the president”, the source said, explaining that Jonathan said as far as he was concerned, he was open to dialogue on any issue but not Amaechi.
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