PDP crisis: Jonathan holds emergency meeting with Tukur, NWC

by ‘Jola Sotubo


Another strategy meeting has been convened by President Goodluck Jonathan after a session with the ‘rebel’ Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governors ended in a stalemate.

The president was said to have summoned the members of the party’s National Working Committee along with its National Chairman, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur to an emergency meeting at the presidential villa in Abuja.

The meeting was also attended by the Chairman, Board of Trustees of the PDP, Chief Tony Anenih.

Vanguard reports:

Vanguard gathered that the meeting was called to brainstorm on the outcome of Sunday’s meeting of PDP governors and the subsequent one the President had with the governors as well as some members of the G5 who dumped the PDP for All Progressives Congress (APC).

The president on Sunday held a meeting with the PDP governors alongside the Governor of Sokoto state, Aliyu Wamakko and Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso of Kano State who dumped PDP for APC.

Bamanga Tukur and members of the NWC drove in the same bus to the Villa from Sheraton Hotel and Towers immediately after the night of tribute for the pioneer National chairman of the party, Chief Solomon Lar at 8.45pm.

The meeting as gathered will discuss the burning issues affecting the party, the defection of the governors and planned moves to get them back to the party as well as look into the demands of the governors especially the request that Tukur must be eased out as PDP national Chairman.

Meanwhile, Vanguard gathered yesterday that the embattled Bamanga Tukur was lobbying party leaders, stakeholders and governors of North East to ensure that Bauchi, Taraba and Gombe states jettison the idea of producing a chairman for the party thereby narrowing it to Borno, Yobe and Adamawa States.

It will be recalled that governors elected on the platform of the party on Sunday resolved that Tukur must go if there must be peace in the party.


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