We ‘re Leaving: 10 Governors Serve Notice to Dump PDP
There seems to be no end in sight in the crises rocking the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP as no fewer than 10 governors elected on the party’s platform have served notice of their intention to leave the party ahead of the 2015 election.
According to competent sources, the 10 governors have already communicated their decision to dump the party to President Goodluck Jonathan, who is the leader of the PDP.
It remained unclear, however, at press time if the aggrieved governors According to a report five of the ten governors namely Governor Aliyu Wamako of Sokoto, Governor Aliyu Babangida of Niger, Governor Murtala Nyako of Adamawa, Governor Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso Kano and Governor Sule Lamido of Jigawa, had already communicated their threat to quit the party to President Jonathan when he summoned them for a peace parley last week.
What was however not know is whether the five governors and the other five yet to be disclosed, were moving over to the newly-registered All Progressives Congress, APC, or working to float their own party with a view to presenting one of their colleagues as a presidential candidate in the next election.
It was learnt that the Rivers State Governor, who was also at the Villa penultimate Friday for talks with the President, confirmed to the President that he was aware of the threat by his colleagues to jettison PDP as a result of the way he, Amaechi was being treated by the Presidency and the party.
“Governor Amaechi reportedly told the President that there were indeed 10 governors who were so upset that they were ready to quit the PDP because of the persistent attacks on him and his administration,” the governor said.
Amaechi was said to have assured the President that he was ready to support him and work for him if the other governors, who were aggrieved over his treatment in the hands of government agencies, decide to work with Jonathan. President Jonathan was said to have been taken aback by the decision of the 10 governors to dump PDP, when five northern governors, who met him a day after Amaechi’s meeting with him, repeated what the governor had told him.
One of the governors, who pleaded anonymity, confirmed that they were ready to meet the President again before taking a final decision on whether to leave the party for the opposition or float their own party.
Asked to comment on what the grievances of the group were, the governor said they were angry over attempts by the Presidency to weaken the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, NGF, since Amaechi courageously contested and won the last election by defeating Governor David Jang of Plateau State by 19 votes to 16 votes.
The governor said they were also opposed to the move by the Presidency to cause unnecessary chaos in Rivers State so as to drive away the elected governor because of his unsubstantiated political ambition.
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