Ahead of the upcoming National Convention of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the Akwa Ibom State Governor, Godswill Akpabio has said the opposition is already jittery over the series of consultations amongst its stakeholders.
Akpabio, who is also the Chairman of the PDP Governors Forum (PDP-GF), spoke with State House Correspondents in Abuja after meeting with President Goodluck Jonathan.
In the early hours of the day, some PDP governors and former President Olusegun Obasanjo had attended some meetings at the Presidential Villa, to discuss “the state of the nation” and the party.
According to the Governor the series of ongoing meetings in the PDP ahead of the Southwest congress and the national convention of the party will restore peace to the troubled PDP family to ensure it focuses on future elections.
Responding to questions from journalists on the series of meetings Akpabio said “all the steps being taken at the moment are steps in the right direction to ensure cohesion and bring back all the party faithful, particularly, the body of governors will come together to work as one for the interest of Nigeria and the interest of the PDP.
“I know that all the governors of the PDP are working towards the success of the party. I am not aware of any five aggrieved governors but one thing I can assure you is that there is jitters in the camp of the opposition with the meetings of PDP governors and the national convention that is coming up.
“This is because as soon as the PDP puts its house in order, you know the result. The result is that Nigerians will follow because that is a truly national party in Nigeria. That is the only party without cleavages of ethnicity or tribalism and that is the only party without a godfather.
“All of us are there because it is a national party and it beings to all Nigerians. I am happy with the progress being made to ensure total reconciliation and I am very hopeful that at the end of this exercise Nigeria will continue to enjoy good governance.”
Akpabio, who is a also a member of the planning committee of the convention and also chairman of the finance committee, said he had come to brief the President “on the progress we are making towards the Southwest Congress that is coming up on the 24th of August and also the National Convention that is coming up on the 31st”.
He disclosed that “by 3pm this afternoon, the entire finance committee will be meeting so that tomorrow (Wednesday), we report to the entire body of the national planning committee towards hitch-free congress in Southwest and towards a hitch-free national convention.
“You know even in the meeting what we are talking about are part and parcel of the processes of rebuilding the party and ensuring total reconciliation.”