Tuesday, 17 September 2013

UPDATE: The Deal Between Jonathan and Rebel Governors

               
More facts have emerged on the Sunday night meeting between President Goodluck Jonathan and aggrieved governors in the new Peoples Democratic Party, nPDP.
“It was a give and take meeting, but at the end of the day, we agreed that the issue of 2015 should be revisited and resolved amicably. 
I can tell you that the meeting was very frank . We all spoke our minds, including the President and his deputy (Namadi Sambo). So, we wait to see the implementation of the resolutions reached.”
The President and the other attendees discussed and agreed on five contentious issues:
Amaechi’s suspension by the Tukur-led NWC; control of the PDP structure at the state level; Jonathan’s alleged 2015 ambition; Tukur’s fate and court cases.

On Amaechi, the parties agreed that he should be recalled and that a committee be constituted to visit Port Harcourt and reconcile all aggrieved members of the PDP in the state.

The meeting also accepted that all governors of the party, including the aggrieved ones, should be in charge of the State Working Committees of the party in their respective states.

It was agreed that since the governors were to be in charge of the party structures in their states, President Jonathan should determine the fate of Tukur, who all the aggrieved governors want removed.

Our source said that “the President argued that since it had been accepted that he should not interfere in the running of the party at the state level, he should be allowed to determine what would happen to its national chairman (Tukur).”

It was gathered that Pres Jonathan’s 2015 ambition generated heated arguments as the aggrieved governors insisted that he had told them that he would not run for a second term.

The PUNCH gathered that Jonathan specifically accused one of the aggrieved governors, Babangida Aliyu of Niger State, of misleading Nigerians on the 2015 debate.

But Aliyu fired back, saying Jonathan made the promise. “The governor listed Ethiopia, United States and different caucus meetings of the party where the President made the statements,” a source added.

When argument on the issue raged, the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the PDP, Chief Tony Anenih, who was also present at the meeting interjected and advised that it should be suspended for a latter date.

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