10 January 2013

Nigeria: President Summons PDP NWC Over Adamawa Crisis

A swift intervention by President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday in the crisis rocking the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) may have prevented the dispute from taking a deeper crisis dimension.

Jonathan summoned the National Chairman of the party, Alhaji Bamanga Turkur and members of the party's National Working Committee (NWC) to the Presidential Villa to settle the warring parties over the ongoing rift in the national leadership of the party which led to an NWC meeting on Tuesday by 10 members of the committee, excluding the National Chairman who had insisted on the sacking of party's executive council of his home state, Adamawa, and the ratification of its recently conducted congresses.

Tukur told State House correspondents after the meeting at House 7 of the Presidential Villa that members of the NWC had resolved their differences.

Noting that NWC members were the "first family of the PDP", the national chairman said, "Like any other family, you may have some disagreements, but based on principle, not any other thing, you resolve it. And we have resolved our differences. Some differences, it is good to bring them to light, examine them and find out why you have the disagreement and you go back and do what you believe is right."

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