Teddy Oscar, Abuja
A meeting of the PDP Caucus in Abuja on Tuesday received surprise visitors in attendance with the arrival of the duo of Mr. Peter Obi (Anambra State governor) and Mr. Olusegun Mimiko (Ondo State governor) appeared at the meeting of the PDP Caucus.
The unexpected surprise was that both governors are not PDP governors, but those of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) and Labour parties, respectively.
The meeting, which was scheduled to commence by 8 p.m. at the House of Representatives, eventually began by 9 p.m. with the national anthem.
But it had hardly gone underway when Obong Godswill Akpabio (Akwa Ibom governor), who, before now, had been a surprise omission, stormed into the venue of the meeting with the two non PDP governors.
During the meeting, the lawmakers demanded for automatic tickets from the party’s caucus.
In her opening remark, Hon. Mulikat Akande-Adeola, leader of the House, called for more of such meetings to help the party deliberate on important issues that affect it.
“Members of this house will want to be reassured of the party’s promise of automatic tickets in the forthcoming election, their welfare and opportunity to nominate membership of the various committees from their respective constituencies whenever the need arises,” she said.
In his opening speech, Ahmadu Adamu Mu’azu, chairman of the party, described the meeting as the dawn of a new era.
He regretted that things had gone the way they did, but promised to make up with such meetings on a regular basis.
The meeting, which later held behind closed doors until around 11:30 p.m., also had in attendance governors Garba Umar (Taraba), Theodore Orji (Abia), Ramalan Yero (Kaduna), Muazu Babangida Aliyu (Niger), Liyel Imoke (Cross River), Ibrahim Shema (Katsina), as well as the deputy governors of Kogi and Jigawa states.