Jonathan, PDP Governors move to save party’s fortunes

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May woo Amaechi, Kwankwaso, others back to PDP.

President Goodluck Jonathan and governors elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, met on Wednesday evening in Abuja to address the dwindling fortunes of the ruling party.

The governor of Benue State, Gabriel Suswam, who disclosed this, said the meeting did not discuss the fate of the party’s National Chairman, Bamanga Tukur, whose resignation had earlier been speculated.

He stated that the parley, which was held after that of the PDP National Caucus, was specifically convened to discuss the strategies for winning back some of the five governors who defected to the All Progressives Congress, APC.

The governors who left the PDP are Chibuike Amaechi (Rivers), Aliyu Wamakko (Sokoto), Abdulfatah Ahmed (Kwara), Murtala Nyako (Adamawa) and Rabi’u Kwankwaso (Kano).

“First, we met with the President as PDP governors to discuss issues of the party and the way forward. And that meeting is continuing,” Mr. Suswam said. “The issues discussed with the president was basically on how to re-strategise and re-position our party and how to move forward as a party.”

Mr. Suswam said only Vice President Namadi Sambo could speak on the meeting of the PDP caucus which is believed to have discussed Mr. Tukur’s fate.

“The second meeting is the national caucus and I am not in the position to comment on that,” he said. “After the BoT meeting, the Vice President will brief on the outcome”.

Mr. Suswam said Mr. Jonathan and the governors were bothered about the sliding fortunes of the party, especially in the light of the coming governorship elections in Ekiti and Osun states.

He said, “The concern is that the fortunes of our party are dwindling and so we need to address that. How do we re-position our party to win the forthcoming elections in Ekiti and Osun?

“How do we win back our colleagues that have stepped aside? We don’t believe that they have left the party, they only stepped aside. These are the issues that were raised.”

Asked what the governors demanded from the president at the meeting, Mr. Suswam said, “It is not an issue of demand. We are just touching base with the President. The President is the PDP party man and so from time to time all PDP governors meet with him.”

Mr. Suswam reiterated that the meeting Mr. Jonathan had with the governors did not discuss Mr. Tukur’s fate as party chairman.

“I think is the responsibility of the national caucus and the BoT (to discuss Mr. Tukur’s fate); and the Vice President will adequately brief you on the outcome,” he said.


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  • Yusuf

    Well let them re-strategiese to rig election, as PDP has in d past never won election overwhelmingly. In most cases, it used to be rigging and billot box stuffing.

    • topgo

      if they had the weapons to rig-they would have captured the entire west-they wanted free and fair election and they gave one to APC-that was why tinubu was able to import voters from togo into the west

      • Ayo

        Topgo you talking rubbish – what you wrote above just does not make sense

    • redeem

      only a mad man will woo the likes Amaechi back to the PDP-or kwankanso–NOT FOR ALL THE MONIES-should they dare make such a move–to bring these traitors back–the party should develop a machanism for attacking the eveil plans of APC–the trouble with PDP is that most of the governors are not with the president

  • BlackieUmukoro

    Who is afraid of tukur

    • Tonnero

      You now have your answer since GEJ himself has announced the resignation of Tukur. You people never believe anything they tell you until events slap you in the face. It is the same way you will be shocked when GEJ is shipped out in 2015.

  • Musa Tanimu Nasidi

    Nigerians will resist any attempt by Pdp to rig come 2015,Pdp has dive nosed no amount of caucus,bot or NEC can revamped it.

    • Mani_Kay

      Bros, you miss the point when you say that PDP has nose-dived.

      The truth is that PDP is waxing much stronger as a national party free from the ethno-religious clutches of the born-to-ruin Northern Muslim Hausa-Fulani who believe that they alone are born to rule Nigeria forever.

      Rather, it is the political fortunes of the Northern Muslim Hausa-Fulani/APC that has seriously nose-dived and will continue to nose-dive until Major Gideon Gwaza Orkar’s announced decision to expel them from Nigeria is fully realized.

      • jonathan

        “…expel them from Nigeria…” which Nigeria?

        • Mani_Kay

          The Nigeria that expired on December 31, 2013 but has yet to be formally dissolved.

          • Alazigha Erokosima

            When Mani?

          • Al

            Nigeria never exist so as far as crooks and useless people like u exist, by time we bring u on people on the right path then Nigeria will truely exist

      • Mr Igbo Sanity

        Yet your Dumbo is on his knees begging the defected governors to come back to the Largest Corrupt Party on the Planet. And when they refuse he shoots them with Rubber bullet… keep dreaming Dumbo is FINISHED! PDP IS DEAD!

      • habib momoh

        @Mani_Kay sir, you seem not to be in tune with what is actually happening in PDP.. PDP is worried and they are running up and down and see who they can get back to the party from amongst the defected governors and member of both National and States House Assemblies..Bros, they are sinking, they are not waxing stronger at all. They have just kicked out Alh Bamanga Tukur and you said they waxing stronger. Though, i know GEJ will win the next elections but he has a lot of tasks ahead of him. I wish and beg Nigerians to give him second chance and cooperate with him. I only hate people that are saying it would do or die affairs if he does not win. They are suppose to sell him and appeal fo him for the betterment of this country. He needs to also do away with the boot lickers in his administration who are given wrong impressions of happenings in Nigeria because of their selfish reasons. They do not want to be sacked, yet they tell lies and are corrupted.

      • Ayo

        @Mani as expected you will not accept that PDP is finished and has misused the opportunity it has had to improve Nigeria.

    • Favnat John