The leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), increasingly feeling the pressure stemming from the formation of the All Progressive Congress (APC), has held an emergency meeting of its fractious National Working Committee (NWC).
The party’s troubled National Chairman, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, who also heads the NWC, hosted the meeting at his Wuse II residence in Abuja on Sunday night. Our sources say that at the top of the agenda was the subject of zonal reconciliation tours aimed at assuaging aggrieved members of the party. Attendees were reportedly unhappy that their efforts to dissuade some opposition governors to join them had failed.
The NWC is to design the reconciliation programme for the six geo-political zones of the country. Even the promise by President Goodluck Jonathan to select one of the three APC governors from the North to be his running mate in 2015 was said to have been roundly rejected by the angry governors who are deeply unhappy at his leadership.
It has also been learned that the National Caucus committee of the party, which met in Abuja on Wednesday night, mandated the new Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Chief Tony Anenih, to reach out to some aggrieved members of the party, including former President Olusegun Obasanjo and Theophilus Danjuma, who have both been critical of Jonathan’s leadership.
On Monday, PDP governors, who are increasingly spending more time in Abuja than in their States, are to meet again in Abuja to look at the crisis rocking the party and advise both the President and the NWC on the way forward.