Peace may be returning to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Adamawa State, as former Minister of Information, Prof. Jerry Gana, Monday waded into the crisis in the state at the instance of the presidency.
His intervention is targeted at harmonising party offices in the state between the two factions of the party loyal to the state Governor, Admiral Murtala Nyako and PDP National Chairman, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur.
Gana, at the instance of President Goodluck Jonathan, met with the two factions in the state. The former minister who is also heading the restructuring of the party’s Board of Trustees (BoT) committee is expected to meet both factional chairmen and groups loyal to Nyako and Tukur.
Kaugama Minjiyawa leads the faction loyal to Nyako, while Joel Madaki leads the faction loyal to Tukur. This is the second intervention by the presidency to restore peace in the state chapter of the party.
The first intervention involved a committee headed by Jigawa State Governor, Alhaji Sule Lamido, which was set up by the president.
At the preliminary meeting yesterday, the Madaki group demanded a 65 per cent stake in the composition of the state executive council of the party.
THISDAY learnt that in demanding the lion share of posts, the Tukur faction maintained that the decision was borne out of the fact that they lost out in the local government election, where the Nyako faction fielded 100 per cent of all elected chairmen and councillors.
Monday’s meeting was described by the factions as “mere preliminary talks” to enhance the harmonisation of offices from the wards, councils to state level
Meanwhile, PDP yesterday commended the leaderships of the party in Enugu and Taraba States, including the acting governors in the two states and other stakeholders for ensuring the smooth running of government affairs in the absence of their governors.
PDP National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh, said in a statement, that the fact that government activities had been going on smoothly in the states showed that PDP governments had direction and focus in line with the manifesto of the party to ensure the welfare of the people at all times.
“The fact that government activities are going on smoothly without altercations shows that the PDP governments in these states and indeed across the country have direction and focus, which is to ensure the welfare of the people in line with our manifesto,” Metuh said.
Stating that the party is deeply saddened that the governors have been away for health reasons, Metuh also thanked the people of the two states for their steadfastness in praying for them, adding that with prayers, Enugu State Governor, Mr. Sullivan Chime and his Taraba State counterpart, Mr. Danbaba Suntai, will soon return to work.
“It is sad for somebody to be ill, but we are all human. So, the party commends the people of Enugu and Taraba states for their understanding and steadfastness in praying for their governors. We commend them for the vigils they held in seeking divine intervention for the governors. We know that God answers prayers and we believe that with all our prayers the governors will soon be back,” he said.