by Adeola Balogun
Peace still seems to be an elusive goal for the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) as there is yet no end in sight to the turmoil within its walls. Instead of laying down arms, the aggrieved governors have made their demands on President Goodluck Jonathan by giving four conditions for resolution.
They presented their conditions at a meeting held on Sunday with the president, 16 governors and the Chairman of the Board of Trustees (BoT) of a faction of the party, Chief Tony Anenih in attendance.
It is reported that their conditions are as follows:
•Factional National Chairman Bamanga Tukur should be sacked;
•President Jonathan should do one term only and forget re-election in 2015;
•the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) and Rivers State crises should be resolved; and
• “Harassment” of governors by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) should be stopped.
Attempts were made to narrow the conditions to two but no progress was made, The Nation learnt.
The two factions only succeeded in setting agenda for resumption of talks today.
But the National Secretary of the Atiku-Governors faction of the PDP, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, said yesterday that despite the intervention by Jonathan, ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo and other party leaders, members of the New PDP would not abandon their struggle.
Oyinlola, who issued a statement in Abuja, said the faction would not disappoint members in the mission to make the PDP work again in the interest of Nigeria and its people.