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Obasanjo, governors meet over PDP crisis

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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.”


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