Four of the aggrieved governors on Tuesday met with President Jonathan, at the Aso Rock presidential villa in Abuja to protest ‘the belligerence’ of Bamanga Tukur.
Before the meeting, Jonathan held two separate closed doors meetings with two elders of the PDP and three governors sympathetic to the Tukur-led faction over the crisis rocking the party.
The elders were Dr. Ahmadu Ali and Gen. Ibrahim Babangida, Nigeria's ex-military President.
The three governors that met with him on Tuesday were Godswill Akpabio (Akwa Ibom), Gabriel Suswan (Benue); and Emmanuel Uduaghan (Delta).
The four New PDP governors who met with Jonathan – Murtala Nyako (Adamawa), Babangida Aliyu (Niger), Sule Lamido (Jigawa) and Aliyu Wamakko (Sokoto) – reiterated their demand for the recognition of Governor Rotimi Amaechi as the chairman of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum.
They were also said to have asked the President to ask Tukur to halt plans to take over the party’s structure in their various states and stop making inflammatory comments in the media.
Jonathan was said to be serious of achieving peace as he do not want the opposition APC to cash in on the crisis in the PDP to win more powerful politicians that could help it defeat the PDP in 2015.