President Goodluck Jonathan met last night with Governors Sule Lamido (Jigawa) and Babangida Aliyu (Niger) at the Presidential Villa in continuation of his peace meeting with aggrieved Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governors.
With Jonathan at the meeting were Vice President Namadi Sambo and Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) Anyim Pius Anyim. The meeting took place at the First Lady’s Conference Room.
The other five aggrieved PDP governors – Aliyu Wamakko (Sokoto), Rabiu Kwankwaso (Kano), Abdulfatah Ahmed (Kwara) Murtala Nyako (Adamawa) and Rotimi Amaechi(Rivers)have joined the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Details of the discussions at the meeting were unknown as at press time last night.
As the meeting with the G-2 governors was starting, the Vice President and the SGF met for about two hours with 13 PDP governors at House Seven, also at the Presidential Villa.
After the meeting with the 13 governors ended around 8.40p.m, Sambo and Anyim rushed to meet up with the President’s meeting with the G-2 governors.
Chairman of PDP Governors Forum Godswill Akpabio (Akwa Ibom) said that the meeting was the Vice President’s. He declined to comment.
The 13 PDP governors, who met with Sambo and Anyim at the Villa, had earlier met briefly at the Akwa Ibom State Lodge before proceeding to the Villa.
The PDP governors present at the Akwa Ibom Lodge, apart from Akpabio, were: Martins Elechi (Ebonyi), Sullivan Chime (Enugu), Idris Wada (Kogi), Jonah Jang (Plateau)and Ibrahim Shema (Katsina).
Others are: Emmanuel Uduaghan (Delta), Theodore Orji (Abia), Isa Yuguda (Bauchi), Seriake Dickson (Bayelsa)and Liyel Imoke (Cross River). Niger and Kaduna deputy governors stood in for their governors.
PDP governors who were absent at the Akwa Ibom State lodge meeting included Sule Lamido (Jigawa), Ibrahim Dankwambo ( Gombe), Garba Umar (Taraba), Gabriel Suswam ( Benue) and Saidu Dankingari (Kebbi).
Later last night, PDP Board of Trustees chair Chief Tony Anenih said the meeting between President Jonathan and the G-2 governors was to restore confidence in the party.
Speaking with State House correspondents at the end of the meeting by 10:26p.m, he said there would be series of meetings this week.
Anenih was surrounded by five governors – Lamido (Jigawa), Aliyu (Niger), Wada (Kogi), Imoke (Cross River) and Akpabio (Akwa Ibom).
He said: “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. There will be series of meetings between now and the weekend.”
Insisting that he is still a member of the PDP, Aliyu disclosed that the G-2 governors would meet with the President again next Sunday.
Aliyu said: “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.”
On whether he is still planning to join the APC, Lamido said: “I stand by my principle, which is one Nigeria which is based on law and order.”