Resolving PDP Crisis Is Critical


In what appears to be a first sign in the lowering of tension in the ruling party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the warring camps in the party have agreed to continue exploring ways to settle their differences.

This is coming on the heels of a marathon meeting held Sunday night between President Goodluck Jonathan and the seven aggrieved governors of the party (G7) who broke away two weeks ago to form a splinter group of the PDP.

An insight into the efforts to make up was disclosed Sunday night by the Niger State Governor, Dr. Mu?azu Babangida Aliyu, who said discussions were cordial and fruitful, with a commitment by both sides to resolve all the issues that had led to the cleavage in the party.

In a clear effort to show that the talks were heading in the right direction, Mu?azu, who was surrounded by the president, Vice-President Namadi Sambo and other governors of the party, said: “Sequel to the number of meetings convened by leaders and stakeholders and the governors of Adamawa, Niger, Rivers, Kwara, Sokoto,? Jigawa, Akwa Ibom, Kogi, Kano and Cross Rivers States met with the president, vice-president and chairman of the Board of Trustees and extensively deliberated on various issues.

“The meetings were cordial and deliberations fruitful with a clear commitment on all sides to resolve all issues raised at the meetings. The meetings also called on all parties to shield their swords and avoid further inflammatory comments on issues particularly during the course of our deliberations as we have all agreed to resolve all the differences.

“In the interim, all parties have accepted to commence immediate action and agreed towards the complete resolution of all matters and will continue to meet until all processes toward reconciliation are totally complete.

“The meetings will continue on Monday, 7th October, 2013. We use this opportunity therefore to thank all members of our party and supporters for their patience and understanding as we will ensure that there is progress in resolving the crisis.”

At the meeting, which started at about 5 pm, were Governors Rotimi Amaechi (Rivers), Sule Lamido (Jigawa), Rabiu Kwankwaso (Kano), Murtala Nyako (Adamawa), AbdulFatah Ahmed (Kwara) and Babangida Aliyu, representing the G7 governors. Only the Sokoto State Governor, Aliyu Wamakko, who is a member of the group, was absent.

Others in attendance included the vice-president, Chairman of the PDP Board of Trustees (BoT), Chief Tony Anenih, Governors Liyel Imoke (Cross River), Ibrahim Shema (Katsina), Godswill Akpabio (Akwa Ibom), Ibrahim Dankwambo (Gombe) and Idris Wada (Kogi).

It was, however, learnt that before the G7 governors had gone to Aso Rock for the meeting with the President, they had first held a strategy meeting at the residence of the National Chairman of the New PDP, Alhaji Abubakar Baraje, in Asokoro, Abuja along with some senators and members of the House of Representatives, were they articulated their position.

Meanwhile, in another development, the National Treasurer of the New PDP, Tanko Gwamna has resigned from the National Working Committee of the faction.

He pledged his loyalty to the National Chairman, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur on the grounds that the current impasse was not speaking well of the development of the party.

In a statement signed and made available to the media by Gwamna, he said he arrived at his decision after carefully studying the unfolding events in the polity and a deep sober reflection of the consequences of the outcome of such impasse on the? party.

He noted that as a lover of democracy, he is of the belief that the current impasse will not augur well for unity, peace, progress and prosperity of the great party in particular and the country in general.

In the statement, Gwamna further enjoined all PDP faithful wherever they may be to unite and ensure the amicable resolution of the current impasse, as such eschew all vices capable of heating up the polity with total pledge and loyalty to Tukur’s leadership.

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