Aliyu, 10 absent from PDP govs' meeting
The Peoples Democratic Party Governors' Forum met in Abuja on Wednesday, with 11 governors in the party's failing to show up.
23 governors out of the total 36 are from the PDP.
The paucity of attendance forced the shift in the timing of the meeting from 3pm to 8 pm, but that did notalter much.
had to be shifted to 8pm when information got to its organisers that majority of the governors might not attend.
At 8pm, the National Chairman of the party, Dr. Bamanga Tukur, left the Akwa Ibom State Governor's Lodge in Asokoro District, Abuja.
He had planned to brief the party governors had to leave due to poor attendance by the governors on the recent moves to reconcile divergent interests in the party.
Tukur was said to have come with the intention of briefing the governors on the modalities he had considered before naming members of the party's National Reconciliation Committee.
The majority of the governors and other stakeholders were said to have rejected the appointment of the Governor of Bayelsa State, Mr. Seriake Dickson, as the chairman of the committee.
Absent at the meeting were governors of Kano, Jigawa, Adamawa, Niger, Sokoto, Taraba, Rivers, Cross River , Ebonyi, Bauchi and Kebbi.
The meeting was however attended by Dickson and his counterparts in Delta, Benue, Kogi, Enugu, Akwa Ibom, Katisna and Abia states. Governors of Kaduna, Kwara, Plateau and Gombe states sent their deputies.
Apart from the reconciliation matter, other issues on the agenda at the meeting were the forthcoming national convention of the party and the November 16 governorship election in Anambra State.
At the end of the meeting, Akwa Ibom State Governor and Chairman of the PDP Governors' Forum, Chief Godswill Akpabio, said the meeting deliberated on issues like the convention and the crisis in the Rivers State House of Assembly.
Akpabio said the governors would support Tukur by mobilising delegates for the convention.
Describing what happened in the Rivers State House of Assembly as 'unfortunate,' he appealed to 'the two warring groups to sheathe their swords and allow peace to reign.'
He said the next meeting of the PDP GF would hold in Bayelsa State.
Akpabio said that the governors decided to rotate their meetings in order to learn from themselves.
He attributed the poor attendance recorded at the meeting to late information sent to the governors, adding that the meeting was an emergency one.
At the end of the meeting, the governors went to the Presidential Villa to confer with President Goodluck Jonathan.