• Jonathan to meet G.84 NEC members Feb. 14
• Tukur in secret meetings with Amaechi, Lamido, Orji
By Chuks Okocha
Apparently moved by the recent merger of four major opposition political parties, which led to the formation of the All Progressive Congress (APC), President Goodluck Jonathan and the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have commenced reconciliatory moves aimed at resolving the crisis within the party.
As part of the series of reconciliatory meetings, President Jonathan is billed to meet the influential members of the National Executive Committee (NEC) members known as the G.84 members on February 14 to discuss issues affecting the party.
The party’s chairman, Bamanga Tukur, had in his residence last week held two separate meetings with the Rivers State governor, Chibuike Amaechi, and the Minister of Niger Delta, Elder Godsday Orubebe, as part of the efforts to ensure a total reconciliation of the party members.
The Tukur-led NWC will also hold talks with the G.84 members on February 12 in a bid to finding a lasting resolution to the crisis affecting the party. Sources revealed that a date for the NEC meeting would be agreed upon after the two meetings of February 12 and 14 with the President and the Tukur-led NWC with the G. 84.
THISDAY also gathered that the PDP strategists’ choice of February 14, which is Valentine’s Day, was deliberate. The idea is to symbolise the return of love to the party.
According to inside sources, the national chairman of PDP on Tuesday night in his Wuse 2 residence in Abuja held an extensive meeting with Governors Sule Lamido and Theodore Orji of Adamawa and Abia States, respectively. Lamido is the chairman of the presidential committee that is looking into the crisis in the Adamawa State chapter of the PDP, while Governor Orji of Abia State is a member of the committee.
It was gathered that the meeting, which started around 9 p.m. on Tuesday, lingered until the early hours of Wednesday. THISDAY checks revealed that the meeting discussed the crisis in Adamawa State and prevailed on the NWC of the PDP not to do anything that would jeopardise the on-going reconciliation in the party.
As a result of the meeting between Tukur, Lamido and Orji, the Wednesday agenda of the NWC meeting, where it was scheduled that the Joel Madaki faction in Adamawa State PDP would be formally adopted was dropped.
The NWC is sharply divided over the congresses of the party in Adamawa State. While the national chairman of the party is in support of the Madaki faction, the other members of the NWC said that they are not aware of congresses in the state and even went a step further to dissolve the Ambassador Umar Damagum-led caretaker committee in the state.
Also before the Tukur’s meeting with Governors Lamido and Orji, the chairman of the PDP governors’ forum, Amaechi, had commenced a reconciliatory meeting with the Tukur-led NWC on how to thaw the crisis in the party.
Tukur held a private meeting last week with Amaechi over the perceived face-off with the party and the governors elected on the platform of the PDP. The national chairman, it was also gathered, discussed the face-off between Amaechi and the Minister of the Niger Delta, Elder Godsday Orubebe, over the controversial East – West road.
Before the meeting, Orubebe had earlier held a meeting with Tukur on the face-off. Tukur, at the separate meetings with Amaechi and Orubebe, appealed against the members of the party washing their dirty clothes in the streets.
It was to further consolidate the peace moves between the PDP governors and Tukur that he travelled to Port Harcourt to commission some of the projects executed by the Amaechi’s administration in Rivers State and also attend the University of Port Harcourt convocation.
Amaechi in furtherance of the peace talks sent a 12-seater aircraft to carry Tukur and his NWC members to Port Harcourt. According to an inside source, “after the national chairman has commissioned some of the projects executed by Amaechi, they went down to the crisis in the party. Tukur and Amaechi after the meeting believed that the crisis was over exaggerated. He promised to meet his fellow PDP governors to convey the outcome of the meeting.”
The meeting, it was gathered, expressed its pleasure that the NWC had agreed to allow the Lamido’s presidential committee to reconcile all members of the party in Adamawa State.
According to sources at the meeting, it was further agreed that the Lamido’s committee will meet with elders and stakeholders in Adamawa State like former governorship aspirant, Dr. Umar Ardo; Senator Jonathan Zwingina; former Corps Marshal of the Road Safety Commission, General Anthony Haladu; Chief Joel Madaki; Alhaji Mijinyawa Kugama; former governor of Adamawa State, Chief Wilberforce Juta; former military governor of Plateau State, Commodore Dan Suleiman, rtd; immediate past National Vice Chairman, PDP North-east, Senator Paul Wampana; ex- military governor of Plateau State, General Aliyu Kama; former minister, Idi Hong; Senator Grace Jackson Bent; Chief Medan Teneke, PDP factional leader; John Elias.
Others, the source said, include Ambassador Hassan Adamu, Senator Iya Abubakar, Amb. Alhaji Dahiru Bobo; Alhaji Ahmed Song; Brigadier A.U. Kama; Mr. John Manasa, Alhaji Yakubu Tsala, Alfa Bele, Bashiru Toungo, Alhaji Danjuma Illiyasu and others.
THISDAY was told that the committee is, at the moment, happy with contributions from stakeholders on the memoranda received so far. It was also gathered that the assignment will soon be completed and report submitted to President Jonathan.