Jonathan to lead PDP reconciliation committee

FILE: President Goodluck Jonathan and other party chiefs at a party convention

A reconciliation team to be led by President Goodluck Jonathan has been set up by the National Caucus of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), to resolve the multiple crisis in the party.

The committee was constituted Tuesday at a meeting of the caucus, which lasted about an hour and half at the Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa.

Speaking to journalists after the meeting, the Chairman of the PDP Governors’ Forum, Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom state, said the governor of Rivers state, Rotimi Ameachi and chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum was not recalled from suspension because he had already taken the party to court.

Recalling him would be sub judice, Mr. Akpabio said.

He added that the suspension of the Sokoto governor, Aliyu Wamakko was lifted because he did not go to court.

“The national caucus was fully briefed on all issues pertaining to the party,” Mr. Akpabio said. “We made an appeal to NWC to look at suspension but the one of Rivers State Governor is subjudice because he has gone to court. The one of Sokoto did not go to court and so the suspension was lifted.”

Expatiating on the discussions at the meeting, the governor said the caucus reviewed the state of the party and “looked at the various performance the PDP is offering in the various states of the federation.

“And the National caucus also thanked the President for the mid-term report,” Mr. Akpabio added. “Of course we looked at the issue of the upcoming National Executive Council meeting which is coming up on Thursday.

“The caucus was briefed and immediately set up a special committee to look at the guidelines that will be presented to the NEC for approval on Thursday.

“Members were drawn from the National Assembly which of course include the Senate Leader and also the Whip of the National Assembly, some governors are also there, Minister of Transports, a member of BoT, two members of National Working Committee. And the chairmanship of that body was put under my care as the current chairman of PDP governor’s forum.

“And I am going to be there with two governors, Theodore Orji of Abia and Ibrahim Shema of Katsina.

“This report must be represented to the NWC by Thursday for approval by NEC. So we look forward to the upcoming meeting. We look forward to his (President) efforts and unification of all our members.

“And of course there are issues pertaining to the crisis in the party and we agree that a high powered team headed by Mr. President should immediately go into massive reconciliation with major stakeholders who may have been aggrieved so that the party can even wax stronger.”

Commenting on speculations that the party’s national chairman, Bamanga Tukur, had been asked to step down, the Akwa Ibom state governor said, “I believe that he is the national chairman. In fact NEC will look at INEC report that some national officers were not properly elected. We will look at that as a party. I don’t see any problem with the  national chairman.”

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