The Chairman of a faction of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) and Governor of Plateau State, Jonah Jang, Wednesday disclosed that the crises in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the NGF were as a result of the divergent interests on who becomes the president of the country in 2015.
Jang made the revelation at the end of the PDP Board of Trustees (BoT) meeting held at the Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa, Abuja. “We know this whole thing is about 2015. But I want to let them know that 2015 is in the hands of God. Let us wait and see,” Jang said. He insisted that he remained the authentic chairman of the NGF and that he would reconcile with his colleague governors.
“In a big party like this, you will expect this to happen. PDP is solid and if some opposition thinks they will use our members to break our rank, they are wasting their time.” “By the time we finish our NEC meeting tomorrow, PDP will be back stronger,” he emphasised.
When contacted, Governor Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso of Kano State, a sympathiser of the Governor Chibuike Amaechi-led NGF, and who has been criticising Jang, told journalists that he would not speak because “I am deaf and dumb.”
The BoT ended on a low note yesterday night, as the Secretary of the board, Senator Walid Jibril, indicated that although the problems of the party were discussed, details of the meeting would unfold today at the National Executive Council (NEC) meeting.
Jibril told journalists that the meeting discussed the progress of the party in preparation of the NEC meeting. “We discussed matters connected to our party, progress of our party in preparation of the NEC meeting coming up tomorrow (today). We want to assure you that details of the activity will be properly communicated to you after the NEC meeting,” Jibril said.
He said no resolution was reached as the BoT was an advisory body, so it could not have reached conclusive decisions on the myriads of issues discussed. The meeting which commenced at about 8.40p.m. ended around 10:10 p.m. Among the notable persons in attendance were President Goodluck Jonathan; Vice-President Namadi Sambo, Senate President, Senate David Mark, Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekwerenmadu, former PDP National Chairman, Senator Barnabas Gemade, Professor Jerry Gana, Chief Jim Nwobodo, Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, former Senate President, Adolphus
Wabara and the PDP National Women Leader, Mrs Kema Chikwe.
Others present at the meeting included the former Minister of Women Affairs, Mrs. Josephine Anenih, Don Etiebet, PDP National Chairman, Alhaji Bamangar Tukur; former Senate President, Senator Ken Nnamani and Senator Abdullaihi Adamu.
Speaker of the House of Assembly, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, tactfully avoided the klieglights by arriving after the meeting had started and leaving as soon as it ended.