The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, said the planned October 7 reconciliation meeting with the Kawu Baraje-led faction of the party would determine its next line of action on the disagreement between both groups.
The National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Olisa Metuh, who disclosed this after its National Working Committee, NWC, meeting in Abuja on Wednesday, said it was already set for the meeting.
President Goodluck Jonathan, joined by his deputy, Namadi Sambo, and three governors, had met with six of the aggrieved PDP governors on September 15. At the close of the meeting, both groups agreed to meet again on October 7.
Mr. Metuh was apparently unaware that the Baraje faction, which is also known as "New PDP, had requested President Goodluck Jonathan to postpone the date of the meeting because some of its officials who would have participated were travelling to Saudi Arabia for hajj.
The National Publicity Secretary of the Baraje faction, also called "New PDP," Chukwuemeka Eze, had in a statement on Wednesday evening, also said its officials performing the religious obligation had been mandated to pray for the peace and unity of the party, as well as that of Nigeria.
Mr. Metuh told journalists after the NWC meeting that both his party and the presidency were prepared for the meeting and had done preliminary plan, adding that it hoped to achieve full reconciliation.
"We have already engaged a reconciliation agenda as espoused by the National Chairman, when he came to the office and we have been touring the country and doing it," he said. "We discussed the efforts and how we can continue. We mentioned our aggrieved brothers, we have left it for the meeting of October 7 to know how best to handle it.
"The National Working Committee meets and we hope that we will be able to achieve full reconciliation with our aggrieved brothers. But this party is bigger than any person or any group and PDP will survive all interest.
"This is a national party and the custodians of the party administration are ready and capable to handle all matters that affect this party after the peace meeting."
On the convocation of a national conference for which Mr. Jonathan constituted a 13-member committee on Tuesday, the PDP spokesman stated that the ruling party was in full support of the proposal, even as it expressed satisfaction with the committee membership, describing them as seasoned Nigerians.
"It is the belief of the PDP that when we have national conference, Nigerians will come and expressed their views and it will help bring down tension and improve the country," he said.
Mr. Metuh said the NWC members elected at the Special National Convention last August would spend four years in office, stressing that it was a fresh mandate.
He said, "We are going to be in office for four years. That is what the constitution says. It is a fresh mandate and so we are starting afresh."