PDP Governors Shun Meeting With Party Chairman, Bamanga Tukur
An interactive meeting called by the newly selected National Chairman
of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur with state governors
elected on the platform of the party was largely boycotted by the
states chief executives in Abuja today.
Out of the 23 PDP governors, ireports-ng.com gathered that only
six of them attended the meeting while three others sent their deputies,
an indication that Tukur may still have to battle with legitimacy problems
as he was virtually imposed on the party by President Goodluck Jonathan.
Those who attended the meeting include Kano state governor Dr Rabiu Kwankwaso,
Donald Jang of Plateau, Patrick Ibrahim Yakowa of Kaduna, Emmanuel Uduaghan,
of Delta, Sullivan Chime of Enugu and Captain Idris Wada of Kogi state.
Three deputies who represented their governors are Alhaji Abubakar Danladi of Taraba,
Alhaji Danladi Ibeto of Katsina and Alhaji Garba of Niger state, while
Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Senator Bala Mohamed also joined
the scanty meeting to add up the number.
While giving an excuse for the decision of the governors to shun the meeting,
Tukur said many of the governors could not attend the meeting because they
travelled with President Goodluck Jonathan out of the country, adding that
the meeting would have to be reschuled for a later date to get a full attendance.
According to him,‘’ We shall delay some of the things we want to say, until we have a
full house. This isn’t a right forum. I seek your indulgence to put
this meeting to another day.’’
Giving reasons for the poor attendance of governors, national
publicity secretary of the party, Chief Olisa Metuh contradicted
the chairman and attributed it to communication gap.
He equally went further to say that eleven governors attended the
even when only six of the governors and three deputies
made the meeting.
His words‘’ It was due to communication gap, that’s why we weren’t able to
record hundred percent that we wanted. We got eleven of the
governors. By our standard, we aren’t happy with it.
“Eleven out of twenty three governors form quorum, but because of the
importance of what was to be discussed, we had to shelve it. It was
primarily postponed, because we needed ninety-five perecent of
governors to hold a crucial meeting that we wanted to have.’’