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Done deal: Amaechi, Wamakko, others sign power-sharing deal with APC

by Akintomiwa Agbaje

Merger

A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)was signed on Wednesday by the New Peoples Democratic Party with the All Progressives Congress (APC) though Chukwemeka Eze, the National Publicity Secretary of the New PDP, did not declare where it was sealed.

Sources said that both sides agreed that the five PDP governors who defected to the APC on Tuesday, would control the structures of the party (APC) in their states.

The five governors, also known as rebel governors, are Rotimi Amaechi (Rivers), Aliyu Wamakko (Sokoto), Muritala Nyako (Adamawa), Rabiu Kwakwanso (Kano) and Abdulfatah Ahmed (Kwara).

The Citizen reports:

It was also gathered that the rebel governors and leaders of the New PDP  would play active roles in the emergence of the APC presidential candidate in 2015.

Both parties, investigations revealed,  also decided that the New PDP members would be actively involved in the APC convention.

Eze had earlier  said  on Wednesday  that   the APC and New PDP would on Tuesday next week sign   the  MOU , which would contain their  power-sharing arrangement.

But he later corrected himself  saying he had been directed to inform the media that the agreement had been signed.

He said, “Please, I have just been corrected by our National Chairman, Alhaji Abubakar  Baraje that the MOU has been signed and  that the merger has been effected. So, my former statement should be ignored.”

Eze also said that members of the New PDP would attend a  peace meeting with President Goodluck Jonathan on Sunday.

He also said the  New PDP  leadership had encouraged its members to attend.

According to him, by virtue of the fact that aggrieved members of the  PDP are Nigerians and  Jonathan, the  President, they will honour his invitation  to the meeting.

He said, “We have respect for the office of the President (it is not about Jonathan as an individual).

“We have asked our governors to attend the meeting with the President, if he invites them.

“That we have an understanding with the APC at the moment does not mean that Jonathan is our enemy.

“He is still our father.  He is still our President. It is not a meeting that anybody will stay away from, and we will attend.

“By Sunday, we are to meet with Mr. President. We will listen to him and  by Monday, we will be holding a meeting.” – Punch.

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