11 January 2013

Nigeria: PDP Crisis - Jonathan, Govs in Crucial Meeting

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Alhaji Bamanga Tukur

President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday met with governors under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) platform over issues bordering on the party's internal democracy.

The meeting held in House 7 of the Presidential Villa, LEADERSHIP gathered, was part of the president's bid to intervene in the crisis rocking the party for sometime now.

Akwa Ibom State Governor, Godswill Akpabio, told journalists after the meeting that, from the discussions, "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 its 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."

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