Says five other governors have indicated interest to join it them next week.
The Kawu Baraje-led faction of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has requested President Goodluck Jonathan to postpone the reconciliation meeting between the two factions of the ruling party. The reconciliation meeting was earlier scheduled for October 7.
In a statement signed by its spokesman, Chukwuemeka Eze, on Wednesday, the faction said it made the request because the date of the meeting would clash with this year’s hajj.
It added that some of its key members who would participate in the talks would travel to Saudi Arabia to perform the hajj.
It did not, however, state if the president had granted the request, neither did it state when it wants the meeting held.
Mr. Jonathan had met with the members of the faction on September 16 after which another meeting was fixed for October 7, to resolve the grey areas.
Governors of the faction at the previous meeting were Sule Lamido (Jigawa), Musa Kwankwaso (Kano), Murtala Nyako (Adamawa), Abdulfatah Ahmed (Kwara), Chibuike Amaechi (Rivers), and Babangida Aliyu (Niger), who read the communiqué agreed by both parties.
Only one of its governors, Aliyu Wamakko, was absent from the meeting. They proclaimed the “New PDP” on August 31.
Vice President Namadi Sambo, Governors Liyel Imoke (Cross River), Godswill Akpabio (Akwa Ibom), Idris Wada (Kogi) and the Chairman of the PDP Board of Trustees, BoT, Tony Anenih, joined the president to meet with the faction, which is also called the “New PDP.”
In the statement, the Baraje faction said it sent an emissary to Mr. Jonathan requesting for the postponement, adding that the decision to do so was taken on Tuesday night at its meeting in Abuja.
“The New Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) under the leadership of Alhaji Abubakar Kawu Baraje has sent an emissary to President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, seeking a postponement of the reconciliation meeting billed for next week Monday, October 7,” the statement said.
“This decision was taken last night during the Caucus Meeting of the New PDP held at the Adamawa State Government Lodge, Asokoro, Abuja, during which it was discovered that the date of the proposed peace meeting clashes with this year’s Hajj, in which several of our key members are billed to participate.
“Our National Chairman, Alhaji Baraje, and most of our other key members, including most of the G7 Governors and the five other Governors that have indicated interest to join us by next week, as well as members of the National Assembly, former Governors, and business moguls, are billed to perform the Hajj, which is already in operation.”
The faction also said its National Working Committee, NWC, meeting which was earlier fixed forOctober 5, had been called off until Mr. Baraje’s return.
It added, “We sincerely regret the inconvenience(s) in any form this may cause our beloved President, party faithful and Nigerians’ as praying to our God should be the utmost part from us particularly now knowing very well that with God the elusive peace in our party and country can be achieved.”
It said that the factional chairman and the governors in its fold had been mandated to use the opportunity of the hajj to pray for the restoration of peace in the ruling party, as well as the country.
It assured its supporters and other Nigerians of its commitment towards bringing back the glorious days of both the PDP and the country.
It said, “The Baraje-led PDP wishes to reassure its teeming supporters and Nigerians in general of its commitment towards bringing back the glorious days of both the PDP and Nigeria.
“We thank Nigerians for their understanding and support, while appealing for continued prayers for the restoration of peace as there can be no progress in an atmosphere of chaos. The fact remains that we are not only committed to restore peace to our party but resolute about it.
“We enjoin our teeming supporters to be steadfast in their support for our struggle to enthrone genuine democracy devoid of abuse of the rule of law.
“On our part, we as leaders are committed to ensuring that our current struggle does not end as an exercise in futility but would achieve the set objectives of restoring our party to the path of honour and greatness.”
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