PDP to constitute reconciliation committee to woo back Amaechi, Kwankwaso, others – Mu’azu

Rotimi Amaechi is the head of the Nigrian Governor's Forum

The Jigawa governor paid a courtesy call on the new PDP chairman

The new National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Adamu Mu`azu, has said that a reconciliatory committee would be constituted to meet with aggrieved members of the party.

Mr. Mu’azu announced this when Governor Sule Lamido of Jigawa paid him a courtesy call in Abuja on Wednesday.

He said the committee would ensure the return of all aggrieved members of the party, who defected to the opposition.

The National chairman urged the five PDP governors who defected to the opposition to have a rethink and return to the party`s fold, adding that PDP made them what they were today.

The five PDP governors who decamped to the All Progressives Congress are Rabiu Kwankwaso of Kano, Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers, Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara, Aliyu Wamakko of Sokoto, and Murtala Nyako of Adamawa.

“Those of them that have gone, I wish to appeal to you to please come back home,” the chairman said.

“I appeal to you to have a sense of patriotism for your party. The party that has offered you a lot, reflect, think and come back our doors are open.

“PDP made most of the people and we expect that whatever be the case, we should remain within and correct the needful for us to move forward,’’ he added.

The PDP national chairman assured the governors and other aggrieved members of the party that the party would review everything that had happened. He said such things that had led to the party reducing in number and in size would be looked into with a view to addressing them.

“Whatever injustice that had been done, we are going to correct it, we will be bold enough to say sorry to those that had been offended,’’ Mr. Mu`azu assured.

He added that he would make due consultation with major stakeholders of the party before constituting the ‘high level’ reconciliation committee.

Mr. Mu’azu appealed to Mr. Lamido to be part of the committee, which he said, would be constituted soon to go round the country to visit aggrieved members of the party.

Earlier, Mr. Lamido said the visit was to congratulate the new party chairman and pledge the support of Jigawa people to him.

He said the PDP was the only hope for the country, adding that this underscores why the party must also do things right. Other parties, according to him, are inventions of anger and pains and could not support or lead the country.

He decried the crisis that erupted in the party in the last six months under the chairmanship of Bamanga Tukur, who resigned his position on Jan. 16. He said some of the party’s stakeholders complained on noticing the ways things were going within the party, and nothing was done.

The governor said that as the ruling party, the PDP had a lot to do for the people and the black race, in general. This, he said, was so because Nigeria is the leader of the black race.

He added that it was unfortunate that with the country`s endowment, the people could not live well.

Mr. Lamido said if the problem within the PDP was not properly addressed, it would affect the entire country and the black race by extension.

“We are here to pledge our support to you, but we are doing things with our eyes wide open.

“We cannot be bought by anybody, we are here to say congratulation and at the same time tell you that your task is very difficult,’’ he said.

Mr. Lamido said that it was unfortunate that a lot of things went wrong within the PDP under Tukur’s chairmanship. He listed some of the things that went wrong as the sacking of some party chieftains and the removal of party structures from state governors without due process.

The worse was the defection of five governors of the party to the opposition; while the party leadership insisted that it was not a thing to be worried about, he said.

“You must get your brothers back. It will be very difficult because of ego and pride of the governors because they feel they had been used, insulted, humiliated and abandoned by their own party,” he said.

He expressed the hope that as a former governor, the new PDP national chairman could bring back the defected governors because they would believe in him as one of them.

Mr. Lamido advised the new PDP chairman to put the success of the party, the country and the well being of the people first.

He, however, maintained that he would not leave the PDP no matter the situation, adding that the party meant a lot to him.

(NAN)


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  • Bala R

    If PDP made them then what did God do? Please PDP people give God His dues.

    • mustapha Shehu

      Thanks Bala R.

  • The Observer

    Don’t waste your time they have joined their progressive colleagues. Why do you even want them back when you have used many uncouth words to describe their actions. PDP is a party of yesterday, last week, last month , last year. We are now in 2014 and what is in vogue is APC.

  • redeem

    The chairman of PDP should be very careful-let him distance himself from Amaechi-if he wants to instil discipline in the party– the party is not a party of thugs-Amaechi is evil and will never repent of his sins–the whole Amaechi is issue is bigger than meets the eye–to understand him is to read books on the civil war-

  • isaak abiodun nzeogwu

    QUESTIONS

    Mu’azu and Lamido don’t you people think you should focus on how to stabilize the remaining of your party instead of wasting time, effort and money on trying to win back the defected governors? What do you think the governors will look like if they should come back? What will happen to the people (house members and other agbero’s) that also defected due to the believe in the governors? Due you think people a sheep that you can herd north for grass and south for water. Mu’azu or whatever you call yourself. Your job is very easy. All you have to do is stabilize what is left your name will be in history as the person that reconstruct the tattered party after geriatric tukor. Notice tokur in small letters like tumor

    • Ben Agu

      These men are negative factors in PDP. It is needless getting them back.They should remain where they ran to.

  • PDP leadership called for this in the first place. Why apply democracy now after the milk had already spilled on the ground. However it is never too late to recover. The way to go is to focus more on the masses and stop playing politics of personalities. It will also help significantly to refund the USD$10.8 billion, since Madam Okonjo Iweala, as the Minister of Finance, has tactically shielded herself. Every effort should be made to avoid corruption and fund diversion, being made as a campaign issue.

  • lawan

    Lamido is d only politician whose mastery of d political terrain comands my respect.his unflinchin loyalty to d party dt made him who he is,is an indiction dt he could be a persistant leada to steer d affairs of ds country.Defectn of d five govnrs is and wil remain a politicAl miscalculatn.

    • Yoraps

      so is not God that made them but PDP?

  • Mani_Kay

    One question Nigerians living today and Nigerians unborn will continue to ask forever is how did a character like Rotimi Amaechi become a Governor in Rivers State, Nigeria?

    The Supreme Court will live in regrets forever for making an embarrassing character like Rotimi Amaechi a Governor.

    • Bin Fodio

      My friend Mani_Kay, what happened to your arsenal of anti northern anti Islamic ‘bullets’ and ‘bombs’ Muazu the new PDP Chairman is a Hausa Fulani Muslim Northerner ‘jihadist’ – the type you have been ‘shooting’ an ‘bombing’ with all kinds of nasty words. I was expecting to be entertained with another rain of such abuses against Muazu and the Yorubas but to my disappointment that is missing. Come on Mani Please please carry on and give us some dose of some entertainment please.

  • frank

    It’s a trap, PDP thought it can’t happen. Muazu can’t b trusted, it’s all a trap for d governors

  • Olu

    APC may expel Shekarau, Marwa, Belgore others, for promoting split of partyBy Wale Odunsi on January 23, 2014

    The interim National Executive Committee (NEC) of the All Progressives Congress, APC will today in Abuja, decide on how to handle the crisis rocking state structures of the party.

    Aggrieved founding members of the party, have openly expressed opposition to the hand over of party chapters in their respective states to governors who defected from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

    DailyPost has gathered that the chieftains, including Ibrahim Shekarau (Kano), Attahiru Bafarawa (Sokoto), Buba Marwa (Adamawa) and Dele Belgore (Kwara), vehemently kicked against installation of the states chief executives, despite their efforts towards formation of the party.

    But the national leadership of the APC, insists that it recognizes the defected governors as leaders, a development that forced the old members to team up for another faction of the party.

    Although, several peace and reconciliation meetings called to resolve the crisis has not yet yielded positive result, the party is miffed about the launching of a faction to be known as New APC.

    While members of the mainstream APC continue to accuse the aggrieved chieftains of attempting to polarise the party because of their inordinate ambition, others argue that it is wrong for the party to dump those whose sweat lifted it to the present status.

    Reacting, APC spokesperson, Lai Mohammed, said the party would rather wait for a public declaration by those leading the faction, before making statements.

    DailyPost recalls that Shekarau maintained that the G5 governors that defected from PDP to APC could not be automatic leaders of the party in their respective states.

    He also challenged anyone to come forward with any written agreement that conferred leadership on the governors.

  • AAA

    Why Is PDP contradicting itself, after saying the governors departure is a welcome development, u now turn round to beg for their return. Or hv u cn it clearly that by 2015 govt at d center would be APC !