Contrary to media reports Monday, President Goodluck Jonathan and seven aggrieved Peoples Democratic Party governors did not resolve the key issues that have plunged the ruling party into chaos, after both sides met for hours on Sunday night sources close to the Presidency, told our correspondent that the Presidency had a well prepared script to infiltrate the Baraje led New PDP.
The meeting held at the Aso Rock presidential villa Abuja between 4p.m. and 11 p.m.as both sides sought ways to heal the party’s deep wounds, and reconcile their differences. But of the outstanding demands made by the governors, none was conclusively resolved as claimed in widespread media reports on Monday, the governors said.
The source claimed that the the recent purported resignation of the Treasurer of the New PDP, is a sign of what to come the days ahead, using the composition of the new ministers to further emasculate and destabilize the Baraje led group.
The plot as we gather is to appoint Baraje and Olagunsoye Oyinlola, into the Cabinet as ministers.
“By the time they are handled over juicy ministries, they will have no other choice than to dance to our music” said our source.
The presidency source disclosed that throughout the meeting the President and his handlers gave the New PDP members and Governors the rare privilege to think they were weak and need their supports to move the party forward.
The meeting was attended by President Goodluck Jonathan, his vice, Namadi Sambo, chairman of the party’s Board of Trustees, Tony Anenih, as well as governors loyal to the president, including Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom, Liyel Imoke of Cross Rivers, and Idris Wada of Kogi state.
Six of the seven aggrieved governors, Governors Sule Lamido of Jigawa state, Rotimi Amaechi (Rivers), Babangida Aliyu (Niger), Murtala Nyako (Adamawa) Abdulfatah Ahmed (Kwara) and Rabiu Kwankwaso (Kano), were also in attendance. Mr. Kwankwaso arrived just as the meeting was about to adjourn.
Among other demands, the seven governors want the PDP national chairman, Bamanga Tukur removed, while the president gives up his likely ambition for another term in 2015. They also want the restoration of a faction of the Adamawa state executive of the party loyal to the governor, Mr Nyako.
They also demanded the recall of Governor Amaechi from suspension and the return of the PDP executive in Rivers to him.
Despite the preliminary concessions, Mr Jonathan remained firm on the contentious question of seeking a fresh term in 2015. The president reportedly told the governor that “it was unfair to deny anyone of his democratic rights”, an argument his aides have repeatedly put forward on the question of his re-election. Mr Jonathan however asked for more time to consider the issue.