2019: PDP moves to re­claim Obasanjo, Atiku, oth­ers

Daily Trust - - ASO CHRONICLE - By Saawua Terzungwe

The PDP, yes­ter­day, in­au­gu­rated a rec­on­cil­i­a­tion com­mit­tee headed by Gov­er­nor Nye­som Wike of Rivers State and his Gombe State coun­ter­part, Ibrahim Dankwambo.

The party also in­au­gu­rated the con­ven­tion and disciplinary com­mit­tees, headed by Gov­er­nor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State and Chief Tom Ikimi, re­spec­tively.

The event took place at the Chida Ho­tel, in Abuja, where the Na­tional Care­taker Com­mit­tee Chair­man, Se­na­tor Ahmed Makarfi, told the rec­on­cil­i­a­tion com­mit­tee to see to the re­turn of former Pres­i­dent Oluse­gun Obasanjo, former Vice Pres­i­dent Atiku Abubakar, Se­nate Pres­i­dent Bukola Saraki and many oth­ers.

Ex-pres­i­dent Obasanjo had torn his PDP mem­ber­ship card in a dra­matic fash­ion prior to the 2015 gen­eral elec­tions and de­nounced mem­ber­ship of the party, while Atiku dumped the party in 2014.

Sim­i­larly, a former Se­nate pres­i­dent, Ken Nna­mani; a former gov­er­nor of old Anam­bra State, Se­na­tor Jim Nwo­bodo; Se­na­tor Nel­son Ef­fiong; Se­na­tor Andy Ubah,; former gov­er­nor of Plateau State, Joshua Dariye; former gov­er­nor of Abia State, Orji Uzor Kalu; former gov­er­nor of Bauchi State, Isa Yuguda; gover­nors Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State and Sa­muel Or­tom of Benue State all left the party.

Oth­ers who left were former gov­er­nor of Edo State, Oser­heimen Osun­bor; former gov­er­nor of Ji­gawa State, Saminu Tu­raki and a former deputy gov­er­nor, Al­haji Ahmed Mah­mud Gumel among many oth­ers.

While in­au­gu­rat­ing the three com­mit­tees, Makarfi said “rec­on­cil­i­a­tion is a grad­ual thing but we must do it with all sense of sin­cer­ity.”

He added that “The rec­on­cil­i­a­tion com­mit­tee is to rec­on­cile and bring back to the fold, those who held top po­lit­i­cal of­fices on the plat­form of the PDP be it pres­i­dent, vice pres­i­dent or speaker.

“We must not close our door to any­one com­ing into the party. In fact, you can even rec­on­cile with those who have never been in the PDP and bring them into the party. The com­mit­tee must open the door for new mem­bers,” he said.

Chair­man of the con­ven­tion com­mit­tee, Gov­er­nor Ifeanyi Okowa said, “We are aware that we have chal­lenges but we are also aware that God has a pur­pose for that. We are go­ing to or­gan­ise a con­ven­tion through non-elec­tive process that will shake Abuja and the en­tire Nige­ria,” he said.

Promi­nent per­son­al­i­ties at the event were former gover­nors Malam Ibrahim Sheka­rau (Kano), Boni Haruna (Adamawa), Otumba Gbenga Daniel (Ogun), Ibrahim Shema (Katsina), Ba­bangida Aliyu (Niger), Liyel Imoke (Cross River) and Em­manuel Ud­u­aghah (Delta).

Oth­ers were former deputy Se­nate pres­i­dent, Ibrahim Mantu; former min­is­ter of Spe­cial Du­ties, Al­haji Kabiru Tan­imu Tu­raki; broad­cast mogul, Chief Ray­mond Dokpesi; deputy gover­nors and many other party chief­tains.

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