Three northern governors of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), yesterday, had a closed-door meeting with the party’s National Chairman, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur. The meeting however, is shrouded in controversy as both parties gave conflicting accounts of what they discussed.
The three governors in attendance are part of the five northern governors in the party, also known as the G5.
The meeting, which took place in Tukur’s private residence in Abuja, was attended by Kano State Governor, Dr. Rabiu Kwankwaso, and the Governors of Jigawa and Sokoto States, Alhaji Sule Lamido and Alhaji Aliyu Wamakko.
A statement issued by Tukur’s media aide, Oliver Okpala, said that the northern governors have reconciled with the leadership of the party, adding that all that happened in the past occurred because of a gap in communication amidst misinformation from those between the governors and the leadership of the party.
Tukur's aide also quoted the northern governors as stating that having listened to the national chairman, they have now been properly informed about the running of the party and promised they would work in harmony and unity with the leadership of the party. They also pledged their loyalty to Tukur.
The statement added that the national chairman, after listening to them, promised to forgive and forget all that has transpired in the past and assured them that the leadership of the party will work with the governors, stressing that any member of the party that feels aggrieved over any activity of the party should utilise all the internal mechanisms and platforms set out by the party to resolve the issues under the three cardinal Rs of “Reconciliation, Reformation and Rebuilding”.
However, the governors had something different to the press.
Giving their own account of the meeting, one of the governors told newsmen that they confronted the PDP chairman with several issues of maladministration he was alleged to have perpetuated and accused him of destroying the party.
When asked if they apologised to Tukur, the governor denied it, stating, "Apology for what. What wrong have we done to apologise? This is one of the misrepresentations we want to correct. This is the impunity that we complain of."