PDP crisis: No truce yet, say aggrieved Govs

National Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) led by Bamanga Tukur on Monday took away control of the party in Kano State from the Governor, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, with the inauguration of a caretaker committee to run the affairs of the party.
The 11-member interim executive of the state PDP is headed by Hassan Kafayos and Andrew Musa as Chairman and Secretary, respectively.
Party sources noted that this development meant a set back to the ceasefire agreement said to have been reached by warring factions of the party during a parley between President Goodluck Jonathan and the aggrieved Governors of the party at the Aso Rock Villa on Sunday night.
Kwankwaso is one the seven Governors elected on the platform of the PDP but who have formed a breakaway faction known as ‘New PDP’ under the leadership of Abubakar Kawu Baraje.
The Tukur-led PDP NWC reportedly inaugurated an interim committee to run the affairs of the party in Kano State without inputs of the Governor which suggested an effective crippling of his influence in the running of the party in the state.
In fact, the aggrieved Governors came out on Monday to deny knowledge of any truce with the President at their meeting on Sunday night.
The Governors said there was “neither understanding nor agreement,” but that what took place was a mere ceasefire to enable the warring factions go back and make necessary consultations.
Speaking on condition of anonymity, one of the Governors told Daily Independent that the issues involved in their disagreement with the party’s leadership were too sensitive to be discussed and settled in matter of hours, adding that they agreed for an October 7 date to enable them engage in wider consultation.
“The parties (in dispute) know that there are many issues involved and that we cannot sit down there and resolve it when many of those involved were not there. So, we decided to go for wider consultations before the October meeting,” the source said.
He said the aim of the President and his handlers was to break their ranks by spreading rumours that they had agreed for the President to go for second term.
“They are trying to break our ranks by going to town that we have agreed with the President. There is nothing like that because our demands must be met before any truce can be reached,” he added.
The seven Governors have been in the middle of the crisis rocking the ruling party in the last six months, which two weeks ago led to the creation of the Baraje-led faction.
Baraje had led the Governors and other aggrieved party leaders to walk out on the party’s mini-national convention in Abuja.
But Jonathan and the aggrieved Governors on Sunday night were said to have agreed to put aside their differences as they begin immediate action towards restoring peace in the party.
Also on Monday, the party accepted back into its fold Mohammed Abacha, son of late military Head of State, Sani Abacha, without consulting with Kwankwaso.
The PDP NWC’s moves were seen as clear attempts to cripple the influence of the Kano State Governor.

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