AN UMBRELLA DIVIDED AGAINST ITSELF: Governors frustrate PDP reconciliation

Published:26 Nov, 2012

There are fears that the reconciliation embarked upon by the Peoples Democratic Party may fail because of some governors’ refusal to encourage the peace move.

The governors, according to investigations, are not ready to allow the aggrieved members of the party in their states to return to the party.

Already, governors in about six states are said to have kicked against the planned return of former members of the party to its fold in their states.

The states are Taraba, Enugu, Kaduna, Kano, Abia and Plateau.

Members of the National Working Committee of the party, led by its National Chairman, Dr. Bamanga Tukur, is currently pursuing reconciliation among members of the party across the country.

However, a member of the NWC, who spoke with reporters in Abuja on Sunday, said there were fears that such a reconciliation might fail.

The member, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said, “Our governors are not helping us in this reconciliation.

“These governors don’t want the party to open the political space in their states. They block every move to bring back members that have left the party.

“They use the influence of their number to intimidate the NWC.”

For instance, in Kaduna and Taraba states, the NWC member said Governor Patrick Yakowa of Kaduna State and the National Organising Secretary of the party, Alhaji Abubakar Mustapha “were blocking political associates of former governor Ahmed Makarfi from returning to the PDP”.

It was also learnt that Governor Rabiu Kwankwanso of Kano State had frustrated the Chief Alabo Graham-Douglas-led committee, set up by the NWC, to reconcile aggrieved members of the party in the state.

The NWC member also pointed to the recent case where governor Theodore Orji of Abia State led a delegation to Abuja last week to protest the planned return of former governor Orji Kalu to the party.

The Plateau State Governor Jonah Jang, had also told Tukur and members of the NWC not to allow defectors back to the party.

Governor Sullivan Chime of Enugu State is also said to be against  the reconciliation between associates of former governor Chimaroke Nnamani and the former National Chairman, Okwesilieze Nwodo, to return to the mainstream of the PDP in the state.


via Punch

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