PDP crisis: NSA reaches out to Amaechi, Lamido, Wamakko, others
The National Security Adviser (NSA), Sambo Dasuki, is keen on a quick resolution of the stand-off between President Goodluck Jonathan and the G-7 Governors.
He is said to be worried by the effect of the protracted crisis on the office of the President.
He does not want the office rubbished by politics, The Nation gathered yesterday.
Sources in Abuja said Col. Dasuki consequently contacted some of the arrow-heads of the nPDP, including Governors Rotimi Amaechi, Sule Lamido, Aliyu Wammako and others connected with the crisis.
Dasuki's intervention was to shield the President's office from being rubbished on account of the conflict.
It was gathered that his separate discussions with the governors focused on how to avert breakdown of law and order as a consequence of the security challenges facing the nation.
No fewer than 28 states in the country are under military engagement in one form or the other.
A top source said: 'As a matter of fact, Dasuki's initial intervention accounted for the first phase of the ongoing peace talks between the President and the G-7 governors.
'You will recall that the initial talks recorded some progress because it enabled the governors to table their demands.
'But the likely collapse of peace talks made the NSA to meet with the governors individually to avoid any breakdown of law and order in the affected seven states and the spiral effect on other states.
'So far, the NSA has had fruitful discussions with the governors. He is seeking a commitment that in whatever way the talks end, peace will prevail nationwide. He believes strongly that the Office of the Nigeria's President deserves some respect and dignity.
'Dasuki has been doing a lot of underground work towards ensuring political and social stability in the polity without drawing attention to his efforts.'
Responding to a question, the source added: 'The NSA wants the President and the G-7 to resume talks as soon as possible for the sake of peace nationwide.
'He sees the feud in PDP beyond politics; he is brokering talks to avoid plunging the nation into any large-scale crisis.'
It was not clear last night when the President is likely to resume talks with the governors.
The last discussion between them was held on October 7 before some of the governors went on the lesser hajj.
The governors' conditions for peace in the PDP are:
• The sack of a factional National Chairman of the party, Alhaji Bamanga
• Return of party structure to governors in Adamawa, Rivers, Kano, and other states
• Sticking to one-term tenure by the President by foregoing re-election in 2015
• Resolution of NGF and Rivers crises, including the lifting of suspension of Governor Rotimi Amaechi
• Stopping harassment of governors by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission(EFCC)
The President has however made the following concessions :
• Immediate lifting of the suspension of Governor Rotimi Amaechi by the Bamanga Tukur-led PDP.
• Return of party structure to all the governors, including those of Rivers and Adamawa states.
• Raising a committee to visit Rivers State, like it was the case with Adamawa State, to build consensus and restore party structure to the governor.
• The governors and party leaders should tarry a while and leave Jonathan to decide the fate of the factional National Chairman of PDP, Tukur.