Mantu group emerges

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Nu­rud­deen M. Ab­dal­lah

A new group, the Na­tional Unity Fo­rum, has emerged yes­ter­day at the Na­tional Con­fer­ence un­der the lead­er­ship of for­mer deputy Se­nate Pres­i­dent Ibrahim Mantu.

Mantu, a key fig­ure in for­mer Pres­i­dent Oluse­gun Obasanjo’s third term agenda, is a del­e­gate from North cen­tral zone.

Daily Trust yes­ter­day saw a let­ter per­son­ally signed by Mantu, invit­ing some selected del­e­gates to the in­au­gu­ral meet­ing of the group sched­uled for last night in Abuja.

“Na­tional Con­fab del­e­gates from the 6 geo-po­lit­i­cal zones met on the 27 of March, 2014 and muted the idea of form­ing a group of like-minded del­e­gates from the six-geopo­lit­i­cal zones un­der the name of Na­tional Unity Fo­rum.

“As you know, it is global prac­tice for like-minds to form in­ter­est blocks in such na­tional con­fer­ences,” he said in the let­ter.

Mantu said the selected del­e­gates would re­ceive “fur­ther brief­ing” at the meet­ing.

A Daily Trust re­porter also saw a chief­tain of the People’s Demo­cratic Party (PDP) from Borno State dis­tribut­ing the letters to some del­e­gates dur­ing the ple­nary ses­sion.

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