PDP Break-up: Jonathan May Fire Loyalists Of G-7 Govs


In what looks like a payback measure, President Goodluck Jonathan appears set to relieve some of his appointees with links to the seven governors who, on Saturday, staged a walkout on him and formed a parallel Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), LEADERSHIP can authoritatively report.
In the impending move, Jonathan, it was gathered, has pencilled in ministers, board members and heads of federal government parastatal agencies in order to remove moles from his government.
At press time, it was gathered that Jonathan was meeting with some of the aggrieved governors at the presidential villa, Abuja. The governors had staged a walkout at the PDP convention at the Eagle Square in  Abuja on Saturday.
Former vice-president Atiku Abubakar had led seven governors and some members of the National Assembly, delegates and aspirants to stage a walkout from the just concluded Special Convention of the party. They thereafter unveiled a new leadership of the PDP with Alhaji Kawo Baraje, Sam Sam Jaja and Olagunsoye Oyinlola as chairman, deputy chairman and secretary respectively.
They said their action was in protest against alleged manipulation of the process that led to the emergence of the reconstituted National Executive Committee (NEC).
Those who accompanied Atiku were governors Rotimi Amaechi (Rivers), Babangida Aliyu (Niger), Aliyu Wamakko (Sokoto), Sule Lamido (Jigawa), Murtala Nyako (Adamawa)  and Abdulfatah Ahmed  (Kwara).
The list also included former governor of Nasarawa State Adamu Abdullahi and some members of the National Assembly.
According to a credible presidency source, Jonathan, Vice-president Namadi Sambo, Senate president David Mark, national chairman of the party Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, chairman of PDP Board of Trustees Chief Tony Anenih, and some kitchen members of the president met briefly after the convention where they considered some options to deal with the “aggrieved members”.
Although they have not closed the door against the “aggrieved members”, it was the conclusion of those who attended the said meeting that not all of those that walked out would return to the party, hence the need to wield the big stick.
The source said, “Those who staged the walk-out at the convention would be asked to face the disciplinary committee for  indiscipline and disloyalty, and if they failed to come, they would be considered  guilty as charged; then they would be suspended and face stiff sanctions. Those whose nominees are occupying one office or the other either as chairman or board member would be dropped and replaced with immediate effect.”
When asked how soon, the source said, “As soon as practicable, ministers from states such as Kano, Jigawa, Niger, Adamawa, Kwara and Sokoto would be placed under watch and those who are not loyal would be dropped and replaced. Your political mentor cannot be against the president and the party and you want to remain in your office.
“For example, Alhaji Kawu Baraoje, who was named the chairman of their faction, is the chairman of the Nigerian Railway Corporation; that means he is not qualified for that seat again. That is what would happen to every one of their cronies in government.” 


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