President Goodluck Jonathan on Thursday met with governors under the People Democratic Party (PDP) over issues bordering on the party’s internal democracy.
The meeting held in House 7 of the presidential villa was still part of the president’s bid to intervene in the crisis rocking the party for sometimes now.
Akwa Ibom State Governor, Godswill Akpabio told Journalists after the meeting that from the discussions they had, “PDP will remain the party to beat because Nigerians are looking for good governance.
“You know the PDP is a very large party. The party may have it’s own internal challenges; of course we have our own modus operandi and ways of resolving all these issues. Various committees have been set up from the Board of Trustees and from the National Working Committee. I believe that at the end of the day, in the next one week, all those issues will be a thing of the past”, he added.
He denied that the PDP governors were not happy with the national chairman, saying, “we identify with the party, we have confidence in the party and all the internal wrangling you are hearing are normal in any democracy. The PDP is a very large party; the largest in the whole of Africa. All these internal issues will soon be resolved. Mr. President who is the leader of the party has taken the right step, he has set up the right committees and you are aware that even in the state of Adamawa, we have the Governor Sule Lamido Committee that will soon bring a report which will bring the Adamawa crisis to an end.
“The governors are happy with the party and we are sure that under the leadership of President of Goodluck Jonathan, all the issues partaining to the party will be resolved amicably and the party will come out stronger”.
Akpabio further stated: “Mr. President invited all the PDP Governors to have a parley with him. I think this is the second of that type of meeting. We agree we should meet every two months to look at issues as leaders of the country. And particularly since the PDP is the ruling party.
“We must look at all areas of governance and look at areas that require improvement. It is a kind of peer review mechanism,where the PDP states comes together to look, not just at governance at the state level, but also of the party itself at the national level. We look at a thing that can strengthen the party and also look at what Nigerians want, while we are delivering dividence of democracy which other areas Nigerians are clamouring for improvement. And I think this is good for the governance of the country. We must commend Mr. President for this initiative.
“Meeting the president and the vice president will augur well for the governance of this country. We will deliver more dividence to our people. Nigerians love the PDP and of course we want to give Nigerians the best”.
Governors who attended the meeting include Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso (Kano), Ramallah Yero (Kaduna), Ibrahim Dankwambo (Gombe), Gabriel Suswam (Benue), Theodore Orji (Abia), Godswill Akpabio (Akwa Ibom), Rotimi Amaechi (Rivers), Murtala Nyako (Adamawa), Ibrahim Shema (Katsina), Sule Lamido (Jigawa), Yomi Awoniyi (Kogi) and Emmanuel Uduaghan (Delta).
Cross River and Enugu states were also represented by their deputies.
Vice President, Namadi Sambo and Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Anyim Pius Anyim were also present.