Jonathan, PDP governors hold talks to salvage PDP

By The Citizen

Since the last Saturday's Special Convention of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), President Goodluck Jonathan, who was shocked by the action of the Atiku Abubakar/Governors group, has been busy consulting with PDP stakeholders to find a lasting solution to the crises.

The President, THE CITIZEN  learnt had last night met with some select PDP governors at the First Lady's Conference Room at the Villa in Abuja.

Those in attendance were: Vice President Namadi Sambo, Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) Anyim Pius Anyim, National Security Adviser (NSA) Sambo Dasuki and Inteligence Agency Chief, Joe Gadzama.

Governors at the meeting are: Babangida Aliyu (Niger), Rabiu Kwankwaso (Kano), Isa Yuguda (Bauchi), Murtala Nyako (Adamawa), Idris Wada (Kogi), Liyel Imoke (Cross River), Godswill Akpabio (Akwa Ibom), Abdulfatah Ahmed (Kwara), Emmanuel Uduaghan (Delta), Ibrahim Shema (Katsina), Mukhtar Yero (Kaduna), Saidu Dakingari (Kebbi), Theodore Orji (Abia), Ibrahim Dankwambo (Gombe), Jonah Jang (Plateau) and Garba Umar (Taraba).

Governors Aliyu Wamakko (Sokoto), Chibuike Amaechi (Rivers) and Sule Lamido (Jigawa) were absent.

The outcome of their meeting could not be ascertained as it was still ongoing at press time.

However, earlier yesterday, Dr. Jonathan and former President Olusegun Obasanjo were together at the Aso Villa Chapel for a service. The two leaders were joined by visiting President of Benin Republic, Boni Yayi.

They visited the children's church from where the three of them and the Chief of Staff to the President, Chief Mike Oghiadomhe, went into the President's residence for lunch.

But Presidential spokesman Reuben Abati said contrary to speculations, there was no private meeting with Obasanjo.

According to him, Obasanjo merely accompanied the Beninoise President to the Villa.

He said the visiting President met with Jonathan after which both of them left the villa.