The fear of the merging of the opposition parties under the All Progressives Congress (APC) is gradually forcing the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) re-strategize, with the party holding an emergency meeting of the National Working Committee (NWC) on how to embark on zonal reconciliation tours to assuage aggrieved members of the party.
The emergency NWC meeting which took place at the Wuse II residence of the National Chairman of the party, Bamanga Tukur, had all members of the NWC in attendance.
In line with the reconciliatory efforts, the governors of the party will today meet on how to have a strife free meeting that would pave way for the convening of the long overdue National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting of the party. However, the leadership of the PDP has thrown its weight behind the position of President Goodluck Jonathan that the military Joint Task Force (JTF) would only be withdrawn from Borno State, if the elders of the states commit to the inviolable undertaking that makes them responsible for further killings and destruction by the Boko Haram sect.
It was gathered that the NWC emergency meeting was the fallout of last week’s national caucus meeting of the party, which directed that reconciliatory measures as a matter of urgency should be explored. At the national caucus meeting presided by Tukur with Governors Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom State, Emmanuel Uduaghan of Delta State, Gabriel Suswam of Benue State, Ibrahim Shema of Katsina State, Isa Yuguda of Bauchi State and Theodore Orji of Abia State with the Ministers of Petroleum, Deziani Alison-Madueke, Idris Umar of Transport and the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), Mohammed Adoke, in attendance, the national caucus directed an immediate reconciliation of all aggrieved members.
On one plank, the Chairman of the party’s Board of Trustee (BoT), Chief Tony Anenih, will meet former President Olusegun Obasanjo and former Minister of Defence, Theophilus Danjuma.
Last Thursday, the PDP governors intensified the reconciliation when Shema’s committee met aggrieved members of the South-west. Accounts revealed that one of the major agenda of the NWC emergency meeting was to review its plans on reconciliation, especially to commence an immediate reconciliatory meeting of aggrieved members in the six geo-political zones. According to reports of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), there are crisis in at least ten states, where the outcome of the delegate elections are still very controversial. It is expected that the emergency meeting would approved the recommended dates for immediate reconciliatory talks.