President Goodluck Jonathan?on Sunday?evening met with the two aggrieved governors of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who are yet to join their counterparts in the All Progressives Congress (APC), Governors Babangida Aliyu (Niger) and Sule Lamido (Jigawa).

The meeting, which was earlier scheduled to hold last week Sunday, was, howver, shelved by the President on his arrival from London.

Of the seven aggrieved governors, who went by the name the G7, Babangida Aliyu and Sule Lamido had reneged on the decision to defect to the APC while
governors Rotimi Amaechi ( Rivers), Murtala Nyako (Adamawa), Abdulfatah Ahmed (Kwara), Rabiu Kwankwaso (Kano) and Aliyu Wamakko (Sokoto) took the bold step.

Shortly before the commencement of the meeting with the President, another meeting involving the governors of the PDP states, Vice President Namadi Sambo and Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Ayim Pius Anyim, was held at another venue at the Presidential Villa.

Details of the meeting which started at about?7:30pm?and ended at abut?8:40pm, was not disclosed as journalists were not allowed to cover the event.

Governors present at the meeting include Godswill Akpabio (Akwa Ibom), Martins Elechi (Ebonyi), Sullivan Chime (Enugu), Idris Wada (Kogi), Jonah Jang (Plateau), Ibrahim Shema (Katsina), Emmanuel Uduaghan (Delta), Theodore Orji (Abia), Isa Yuguda (Bauchi), Seriake Dickson (Bayelsa) and Liyel Imoke (Cross River). The Deputy governors of Niger and Kaduna were also at the meeting.

At the conclusion of the meeting with PDP governors at House 7 in the Presidential Villa, the meeting between the President and the aggrieved governors commenced at the First Lady’s Conference room.

After the meeting with Jonathan, the chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Peoples Democratic Party, Chief Tony Anenih told journalists at the State House that the party was moving to restore confidence and trust. He added that within the week, there will be a series of other meetings to resolve issues within the party.

“We have had our meeting presided over by the President with the Vice President in attendance. We had very useful meeting, the summary of it all is that we are happy that we are moving to restore confidence and trust,” he said.

Also speaking after the meeting, Jigawa State Governor, Sule Lamido said: “I stand by my principles which is one Nigeria which is based on law and order”.

Speaking in the same vein, Niger State Governor, Babangida Aliyu also said he has not left the PDP.

“I am a member of PDP and that is why I am here at this meeting and as I said before the whole idea was to bring sanity back to our party and that is what we are still discussing.

“We are meeting again?on Sunday?but there will be series of meetings before then,” he added.

Present at the meeting were also Governor Godswill Akpabio ( Akwa Ibom), Liyel Imoke (Cross River) and Idris Wada (Kogi).


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