Governors may discuss the election of next NGF chairman.
Ahead of Wednesday’s meeting of the Peoples Democratic Party Governors Forum, PDPGF, its chairman and Akwa Ibom State Governor, Godswill Akpabio, has begun extensive consultations to ensure an impressive attendance.
Besides, Mr. Akpabio and his Bauchi State counterpart, Isa Yuguda, late last week, met with the National Chairman of the party, Bamanga Tukur, whom they assured of the Forum’s support.
The PDPGF chair has reportedly contacted most of the governors who, in turn, have reportedly assured that they would be in attendance.
Mr. Akpabio is reportedly holding the consultations due to speculations that some of the governors elected on the platform of the party are still not comfortable with the setting up of the forum; while some others are said to be loyal to the chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum, NGF, Chibuike Amaechi.
At the last meeting of the PDPGF in March, only eight governors were in attendance while eight deputy governors represented their bosses.
The governors at the meeting which held at the Akwa Ibom State Governor’s Lodge in Abuja were those of Bayelsa, Delta, Kwara, Cross River, Kaduna, Gombe, Taraba and Akwa Ibom. Governors of Plateau, Adamawa, Kaduna, Kogi, Benue, Abia, Ebonyi and Bauchi were represented by their deputies.
The new Forum was set up allegedly to whittle down the influence of Mr. Amaechi whose leadership of NGF is not comfortable with the presidency.
Mr. Amaechi has stated that the presidency is not comfortable with his leadership and wants him
Although, invitation for the PDP governors’ meeting has been sent out, it is not clear what its agenda is. However, there are indications that the governors will discuss the coming election of the chairman of NGF, which is billed to hold in May. No date has been fixed for the election.
It was gathered that the forum will seek to have a common voice and present a consensus which could win the election as the PDP has majority of Nigerian governors as its members. The party has 23 out of 36 state governors, while the Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, has six. Others are ANPP (3), APGA (2), CPC (1), and Labour Party (1).
During the meeting with Mr. Tukur, the Akwa Ibom State Governor promised to deploy fresh initiatives towards re-invigorating PDPGF for the purpose of strengthening the unbeaten record of the ruling party during the next round of elections in Nigeria.
Responding, the PDP National Chairman vowed never to relent in the pursuit of the party’s 12-point Agenda, centering on reconciliation, dialogue among members as well as rebuilding of the PDP.
Despite criticisms, Mr. Tukur also told journalists during the meeting with the governors that the plan by the party to win 32 states, come 2015, is not negotiable.
“Already, we are a winning party with 23 out of 36 states of the federation. As a party with a drive for success, we cannot sit down and say we are okay with 23 states. If we need to do well, we have to set higher tasks for ourselves and that is what we all must work on. Our members should go out and start preparing to win more states,” the PDP boss said.
“The difference between PDP and other parties is that we are always hard working. We were the only parties that toured the nooks and crannies of Nigeria to sell our party manifesto before the 2011 elections. Then we won in 23 states. As a leader, I want an improvement, and I have told our members to start working hard for improvement. That is how to stay on top.
“For me, if we are to win more states and outshine the opposition, we must work hard. We as party leader had started demonstrating seriousness and hard work. We just finished touring the 6 geo political zones. In due course, we will begin state by state tour to sell our party and reconcile our members. Hard work and focus begin from such efforts.
“If you look around, all the good awards from different organisations are being carted away by PDP governors. The Chairman of PDP Governors Forum, Akpabio just bagged the Leadership Man of The Year Award. It was not the PDP that organised it, it was a national newspaper. What that tells you is that we have products and the materials required to make us fulfill our dreams.”
Meanwhile, Mr. Tukur also met with the Chairman of the Board of Trustees, BoT, of the party, Tony Anenih, last Wednesday. Mr. Anenih arrived at the Abuja home of the national chairman at about 8.35 pm and both discussed for about 25 minutes.
Although details of what they discussed were sketchy, it was, however, gathered that it centered on the reconciliation efforts being made by both organs of the party.
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