Alarmed by the possibility of disintegration, the Peoples Democratic Party leaders have decided to come down from their high horse and beg the aggrieved governors of the party, The PUNCH learnt on Monday.
The governors’ mass boycott of the party’s peace meeting and celebration of the first anniversary of its National Working Committee, chaired by Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, on Sunday, had apparently sent jitters through the leadership hence the decision to appease the state chief executives.
Both the party’s new Chairman of Board of Trustees, Chief Tony Anenih, and Tukur as well as other party members were said to have been shocked by the governors’ absence at the meeting already planned to showcase the success of the PDP’s peace tour across the country.
The mass boycott, curiously, came on the heels of speculations that many PDP governors were already making moves to defect to the yet-to-be-registered opposition coalition party, the All Progressives Congress.
The APC is an arrangement spearheaded by four opposition parties – Action Congress of Nigeria, Congress for Progressive Change, the All Nigeria Peoples Party, and a faction of the All Progressive Grand Alliance – with a manifesto to wrest power from the PDP, come 2015.
Out of the 23 PDP governors, only two – Cross River’s Godswill Akpabio and Kogi’s Idris Wada – attended the peace meeting while a handful sent their deputies to the event presided over by Vice-President Namadi Sambo in Abuja.