Nigeria: Jonathan, ‘rebel’ govs’ meeting postponed indefinitely

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Oct 8th, 2013
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The peace talk between President Goodluck Jonathan and rebelling Peoples Democratic Party governors was on Monday postponed till after the conclusion of the Muslim and Christian pilgrimages.

No specific date has been fixed for the next meeting.

Governor Liyel Imoke of Cross River State said this in a communiqué he read after a meeting the President held with four of the aggrieved governors at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. Governors loyal to the President were also at the meeting.

The four rebel governors who attended the meeting included Rivers’ Rotimi Amechi; Kano’s Rabiu Kwankwaso; Kwara’s Abdulfatah Ahmed; and Niger’s Babangida Aliyu.

Imoke, who was flanked by Aliyu, Ahmed and Idris Wada of Kogi State, said the meeting received apologies from the remaining rebel governors – Sule Lamido of Jigawa State; Aliyu Wamako of Sokoto State; and Murtala Nyako of Adamawa State.

The three are currently on Holy Pilgrimage to Mecca.

The Cross River State governor said the meeting resolved that all the parties remained committed to resolving their differences, despite some unnamed ‘unfortunate events’ that arose after the last meeting.

He said, “Sequel to the meeting held on the September 15 and in line with the agreements reached at the meeting, the governors met with the President, Vice President and the Chairman of the Board of Trustees, with apologies from the Governors of Jigawa, Sokoto and Adamawa, who had travelled for the Hajj.

“The meeting which was cordial, resolved that in spite of the unfortunate events that arose after the meeting of 15th of September, the parties remain committed to the resolution of the differences.

“The meeting agreed to continue to take steps towards implementing the resolutions agreed to at the previous meetings.

“In view of the absence of some of the governors, it was resolved that the meetings be reconvened shortly after the Muslim hajj and Christian pilgrimages are concluded.”

Jonathan attended the meeting alongside Vice President Namadi Sambo; the chairman of the party’s Board of Trustees, Chief Tony Anenih; Governor Idris Wada of Kogi State; Governor Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom State; and Governor Ibrahim Shema of Katsina State, among others.

Shortly after the meeting ended at the First Lady Conference Hall, Akpabio returned to the President’s office to confer with him.

The governor later proceeded to the Vice President’s office to also hold a closed-door discussion with Sambo.

The details of Akpabio’s brief consultation with the President and his Vice were unknown as at the time of this report.

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