Tony Anenih leads group to reconcile PDP aggrieved members
The Chief Tony Anenih-led Board of Trustees of the Peoples Democratic Party is again to lead reconciliation efforts by the party.
This followed the renewed determination by the party to deal with its internal crisis.
It was gathered in Abuja, on Saturday that the BoT was being tipped to do a follow-up to its earlier peace moves to the aggrieved governors after deliberating on its earlier report with the President.
When contacted, the Secretary to the BoT, Senator Walid Jibrin, said he was unaware of such a move.
He told our correspondent over the telephone, “I am not aware. Thank you.”
However, a source confided in our correspondent that the board’s intervention had since begun.
The source said, “The board started its work on the matter a night before the NEC meeting.
“Although some members expressed reservations about going back to the same set of governors because of what transpired the last time, it was agreed that discussions should continue.”
Our correspondent also sought to find out what the disposition of the Kano State Governor, Rabiu Kwankwaso, is to the fresh peace moves.
His Director of Press and Public Relations, Baba Dantiye, said, “He’s busy at the retreat for Kano State Government functionaries.”
Special Assistant to the PDP National Chairman, Mr. Oliva Okpalla, said the reconciliation efforts of the party had started yielding fruits.
He said, “The reconciliation efforts of the party under the leadership of Bamanga Tukur have started yielding the desired fruits.
“Only this morning (Saturday), the national chairman and other leaders of the party welcomed back into the fold members who left the party for other parties in Nassarawa State.
“They also received a mammoth crowd of defectors from the Congress for Progressive Change, All Nigeria Peoples Party and the Action Congress of Nigeria who trooped to take shelter under the PDP umbrella.
“This is the first full-flegded assignment that the National Chairman and the interim committee members are attending after the last NEC meeting and the inauguration. It is a new dawn in the party.”
It would be recalled that the Akwa Ibom State Governor, Goodswill Akpabio, had while speaking to journalists said no effort would be spared to reconcile members of the party.
He also hinted that the party was seeking an out-of-court settlement with aggrieved members of the party including Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State.