Obasanjo, governors meet over PDP crisis

FORMER President Olusegun Obasanjo has joined in the search for peace in the crisis-ridden Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Last night, he met with the party’s governors in Abuja.
His intervention may have been prompted by a recent visit to him in his Abeokuta, Ogun State country home by five of the governors.

It could not be ascertained if President Goodluck Jonathan attended the meeting.
Governors Sule Lamido (Jigawa), Rabiu Kwankwaso (Kano), Babangida Aliyu (Niger), Murtala Nyako (Adamawa) and Aliyu Wamakko (Sokoto) visited Obasanjo last month to seek his intervention in the PDP and Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) crises..

It was gathered that top on the agenda at the session was how to resolve the feud between the president and some of the governors, especially over the Rivers State crisis.

It was also learnt that Obasanjo would use the session to reconcile the governors, some of who had indicated that they would not leave the party.

A source, who spoke in confidence, said: “The meeting was at the instance of Obasanjo following issues raised by the five governors and the apparent spill over of the division among the governors on cohesion within PDP.
“But this might just be the first step in the series of interventions being championed by Obasanjo.

“The former president is expected to meet with other stakeholders in the PDP as a way of restoring true democracy in the party.”
Responding to a question, the source added: “The crisis in Rivers State is a major issue to be addressed and the ex-President secured the assurance of Governor Rotimi Amaechi that he would attend the session.

“We are only hopeful that all the key actors will accept to work for peace not only in Rivers but in PDP.”
A governor, who spoke in confidence before the meeting, which had not started at press time last night, said: “We are eager to put all these challenges behind us because 2015 is fast approaching.”

The Nation
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