By Chuks Okocha
As officials of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) are about to embark on national tour aimed at reconciling aggrieved members of the party, investigations have revealed that governors elected on the platform of the party are the obstacle to the planned reconciliation.
THISDAY checks revealed that the governors were blocking every move to bring back aggrieved members of the party.
It was gathered that PDP governors in Plateau, Kano, Abia, Kaduna, Enugu, Taraba and chieftains of the party in Ekiti State are gradually resisting the reconciliation agenda of the Bamanga Tukur-led National Working Committee (NWC) of the party.
According to a member of the party’s executive committee, “Our governors are the clog in the reconciliation agenda of the NWC. Every move we make, the governors do not want the party to open the political space in their states. They block every move to bring back members that had left the party.
“They use the influence of their number to intimidate the NWC,” the official said.
Giving instance of the over bearing influence of the PDP governors towards reconciliation and opening the political space, the source gave the instance of the activities of governors of Kano and Abia States.
The source said Governor Musa Kwankwanso of Kano State had frustrated the Alabo Graham Douglas committee set up by the NWC to reconcile aggrieved members of the party in the state.
According to the source, “The governor has refused access to the Graham-Douglas committee. He is so unfriendly to the committee and has refused to assist the committee in the course of doing its job.”
Also, the NWC cited the recent case of the Abia State Governor, Theodore Orji, who led a delegation last week to protest the planned re-admittance of the former governor, Orji Uzor Kalu, back to the PDP.
According to the source, “What baffles some of us is that the Abia State governor re-entered the PDP from the Progressive Peoples Alliance (PPA) where he was made a governor while in prison and later decamped to the PDP,” asking, “what is it that made it possible for him to come back to PDP and now impossible for Orji Kalu.”
He explained that the Abia State governor took a queue from what his counterpart in Plateau State, Jonah Jang, did when he visited the NWC in May to urge the party not to re-admit those that left the party to contest election in other parties.
“Governor Jang came and made the request that those that left the party should not be re-admitted and the NWC said nothing. That gave the Abia State governor the impetus to come and make his own request. If when Jang made his request and we reacted by saying no, I don’t think that Governor Orji will come to make his own request,” the source said.
The source said in Anambra State that reconciliation was moved further because the state has no sitting governor, explaining that it was for this reason that Ejike Oguebego was hurriedly recognised as the state chairman in the just concluded meeting between NWC and PDP state party chairmen.
In Enugu State, the NWC member said Governor Sullivan Chime is still standing against proper reconciliation between associates of former governor, Chimaroke Nnamani and the former National Chairman, Okwesilieze Nwodo to return to the main stream PDP in the state.
According to the source, “as we talk, the associates of Nnamani and Nwodo are still left out in the reconciliation exercise, yet we say that PDP is reconciling its aggrieved members.”
In Kaduna and Taraba States, the NWC member said: “Governor Patrick Yakowa and the National Organising Secretary, Abubakar Mustapha, are blocking political associates of the former governor, Ahmed Maikafi, from occupying their offices that they won at the party elections and yet we say that we are doing internal reconciliation.”
The source said before the ill-fated self-piloted air crash, Governor Danbaba Suntai had blocked two senators; Tatari and Jumai Alhassan from having a say in party affairs in the state.
He said the acting governor of the state was not helping matters as orders were being issued to him from Germany on what to do in the reconciliatory in the state.
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo and the National Vice Chairman of the South-west, Segun Oni, are not helping matters with the re-admittance of the former governor of Ekiti State, Ayo Fayose, as they continue to frustrate Fayose’s associates to get fully integrated into the party.
“What we get in feed back is that the ward register is missing or the ward chairmen are not around to register some members,” he said.
“In view of this, the NWC member said that unless President Goodluck Jonathan intervenes by calling the PDP governors to order, the national reconciliation within the party will be dead on arrival because of the over bearing influence of our governors, who do not want the political space opened in their states,” he said.