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Tukur, NWC Members Hold Emergency Meeting on APC Threat

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Date: 11th, MARCH, 2013

Image: Bamanga Tukur

The fear of the coalescing of the opposition parties under the All Progressives Congress (APC) is gradually forcing the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to re-think its strategy, with the party holding an emergency meeting of the National Working Committee (NWC) on how to embark on zonal reconciliation tours to assuage aggrieved members of the party.
The emergency NWC meeting which took place at the Wuse II residence of the National Chairman of the party, Bamanga Tukur, had all members of the NWC in attendance.

In line with the reconciliatory efforts, the governors of the party will today meet on how to have a rancour free meeting that would pave way for the convening of the long overdue National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting of the party.

However, the leadership of the PDP has thrown its weight behind the position of President Goodluck Jonathan that the military Joint Task Force (JTF) would only be withdrawn from Borno State, if the elders of the states commit to the inviolable undertaking that makes them responsible for further killings and destruction by the Boko Haram sect.
THISDAY gathered that the NWC emergency meeting was the fallout of last week’s national caucus meeting of the party, which directed that reconciliatory measures as a matter of urgency should be explored.

At the national caucus meeting presided by Tukur with Governors Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom State, Emmanuel Uduaghan of Delta State, Gabriel Suswam of Benue State, Ibrahim Shema of Katsina State, Isa Yuguda of Bauchi State and Theodore Orji of Abia State with the Ministers of Petroleum, Deziani Alison-Madueke, Idris Umar  of Transport and the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), Mohammed Adoke, in attendance, the national caucus directed an immediate reconciliation of all aggrieved members.
On one plank, the Chairman of the party’s Board of Trustee (BoT), Chief Tony Anenih, will meet former President Olusegun Obasanjo and former Minister of Defence, Theophilus Danjuma.

Last Thursday, the PDP governors intensified the reconciliation when Shema’s committee met aggrieved members of the South-west.
THISDAY gathered that one of the major agenda of the NWC emergency meeting was to review its plans on reconciliation, especially to commence an immediate reconciliatory meeting of aggrieved members in the six geo-political zones.

According to Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) report, there are crisis in at least ten states, where the outcome of the delegate elections are still very controversial. It is expected that the emergency meeting would approved the recommended dates for immediate reconciliatory talks.

Apart from reconciliation of aggrieved members of the party, the NWC emergency meeting will deliberate on the one year anniversary of the Tukur-led NWC and the way forward. The NWC was elected into office on March 24, 2012.
Also in line with the national caucus directive for reconciliations, the PDP governors will today meet at the Akwa Ibom State Governor’s Lodge where they intend to close ranks with each other.

It was gathered that the PDP governors were not happy with Akpabio over his statement that one of his mission was to identify ‘Judases’ among the governors in the party.
THISDAY gathered that the governors would be discussing the inconclusive agenda of reaching a consensus for the next chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF). 

However, it was gathered that PDP was insisting that as the party with the highest numbers of governors that it should be allowed to present the candidate for the chairmanship of the forum.
Attempt by the PDP governors to lobby opposition governors to support their agenda of a consensus candidate to become their chairman of the forum has so far proved agenda.

It was also gathered that the PDP and the Presidency does not want the next chairman of the governors to emerge through election, as the mode of election which is through secret ballot may not be favourable for the party.
THISDAY further gathered that the PDP governors would review the outcome of the Shema-led committee on the reconciliation of the South-west zone. The five man committee comprising governors of Katsina, Delta, Benue, Adamawa and Ebonyi States had last Thursday met with aggrieved members of the party in the South-west.

It was gathered that the PDP governors might be asking for a political solution to resolve the crisis in the zone.
In a related development, the National Coordinator of the PDP Technocrats Forum, Osaro Onaiwu, has called on the PDP governors to use the newly established PDP Governors Forum to contribute positively to the repositioning of the party.

In a statement ahead of the PDP Governors’ Forum scheduled for today, Onaiwu said it was an opportunity for the PDP governors to prove the doubters wrong and put to rest finally the speculation as to the real motive behind the creation of the forum.
He also called on Akpabio to make deliberations on the manifesto of the party and how to deliver on it to the electorate which is paramount on the day’s agenda.

“The PDP Technocrats Forum feel it is about time serious professionals are identified with the party and we believe we can be of immense help by lending the knowledge of members in various fields to the PDP Governors Forum as they tackle how to move the nation forward as the ruling party,” Onaiwu said.

Meanwhile, the party in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh, said the position of the President showed his forthrightness and great concern for the safety of Nigerians, including those living in Borno State and other troubled spots in the country.

“We commend the President for his humane approach and for his unrelenting commitment to the improved welfare of Nigerians.
“The PDP fully aligns with the challenge of President Goodluck Jonathan to the Bornu elders on their responsibility vis-a-vis the withdrawal of the JTF.

“The position of the President shows his forthrightness and intense fatherly concern for the safety of all Nigerians living in Borno State and other troubled spots in the country. This is a direct challenge to all of us, especially those from the troubled areas to rise to the occasion and re-engage dispassionate avuncular responsibilities in genuine search for peace.

“Our great Party understands and deeply shares in the worries of the Borno elders over the protracted insurgency in the region and its grave implications for social and economic activities. However, we deem it necessary that the elders accept this challenge and reflect in-depth on their preeminent position as a cardinal portal of peace as connoted in the assertion by the President,” the statement said.
The party also commended the President for the heart-to-heart discussion with elders of Borno and Yobe States and for sparing time to visit some orphanages, saying such was an indication of his concern for vulnerable Nigerians.

“The President was not in Borno and Yobe for photo-ops and showmanship as did the governors of the opposition APC who cooed in the streets of Maiduguri and boasted in the media to invite attention to themselves. The President was on a genuine mission for peace and development.”

Article Credit: Thisday News

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