Thursday, 30 January 2014

Governor Akpabio warns Mu'azu to beware of Obong Attah.


National Chairman, Peoples Democratic Party, Adamu Mu’Azu
Governors elected on the Peoples Democratic Party have cautioned the PDP National Chairman, Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu, against  romancing their political enemies.

The governors, at a   closed-door meeting with   Mu’azu at the Wadata Plaza  national headquarters of the party in Abuja on Wednesday, were said to have reminded him of  the agreements that brought him to office.

The agreements  that paved the way  for the former Bauchi State governor to the Wadata Plaza  include non -interference in  the party structure in the state  and that he (Mu’azu) should   not romance some of   former governors who were serving when he  was  in charge  in Bauchi State.

The governors   that  met with Mu’azu  were  those of  Delta, Akwa Ibom,  Niger,  Cross River, Kogi, Abia, Katsina, Kebbi, Bayelsa,   Gombe, Plateau and Kaduna states. Taraba  State was represented by its acting governor while Sokoto  and Jigawa states were represented by  their deputy governors.

  Those of Bauchi, Enugu, Enonyi and  Benue states were however absent.

Barely 24 hours ago, one of them, the Akwa Ibom State Governor and Chairman of the PDP Governors’ Forum, Godswill Akpabio,  warned Mu’azu to beware of Obong Attah and other former governors who are not in good terms with their predecessors.

“Those who have access to the (Presidential) Villa  and Wadata Plaza are not those that will get the votes that will put the PDP in power in 2015,”Akpabio had told the PDP national chairman.

One of the governors,  who was at the meeting  confirmed to   our correspondent on condition of anonymity,  that they    reminded  Mu’azu  of  “our deal that brought him to power.”

He  said, “We know that as a former governor he is still relating  with those who were his colleagues between 1999 and 2007. Some of them are our political enemies.

“But in doing that, we asked him not to do that to our detriment because we know those former governors would also want to get across to him.

“We know he would still be in discussion with some of these men. That’s why we asked him to be careful and tread softly.”

He said that Mu’azu promised not to betray them in whatever form and that he urged them (the governors), not to listen to rumours.

It  is a known fact  that some of the serving governors are not in good terms with their predecessors.

The governors include  Akpabio  and his   predecessor,   Obong Victor Attah;  Babangida Aliyu(Niger) and   Abdulkadir Kure;  Theodore Orji(Abia) and Orji Kalu;  Ibrahim Dankwambo(Gombe) and   Danjuma Goje; Sullivan Chime(Enugu) and  Chimaroke Nnamani.

Mu’azu later spoke at the National Working Committee room of the party  in  Wadata Plaza.  He  again appealed to the  PDP  governors  to  beg their colleagues  who  defected to the All Progressives Congress  to return.

Mu’azu said that he would be happy to see the five governors, who had vowed to remain in their new party,  back in the PDP.

The five governors are  Rotimi Amaechi (Rivers);  Aliyu Wamakko (Sokoto); Rabiu Kwakwanso(Kano), Abdulfatah Ahmed (Kwara) and Murtala Nyako (Adamawa).

Mu’azu said he was happy with the visit of the governors, which came a day after  Akpabio  led a delegation of the PDP stateholders in  Akwa Ibom  State to the Wadata Plaza.

He said, “As you know, our governors are our garrison commanders  in our various states. We are very happy with them and we are very proud of them.

“But we want to appeal  to  them to particularly be patient at this moment of our history. You will see and hear what you do not like. Rumour mongers  are around  working but God will always guide us.

“Secondly, I want to appeal to you all to continue to appeal to your colleagues that had decided to leave home  for  an unknown destination to please come back home. Our  doors are still wide open and our house is big enough for all of them to come in.

“In a family like ours, there is bound to be conflict but the ability to resolve it, is what will stand us out. I, therefore, want to appeal to you, to please speak to your colleagues to come back home.”

Earlier, Akpabio  had  expressed the  hope that the  five defected governors would return to the PDP.

He said, “We are here as PDP governors’  forum to pay a congratulatory visit. We are about 18 and we hope to have more by bringing back some of our members who crossed over to the other side.

“The opposition is even happy with your emergence as  the national chairman of our great party. We hope that the party will be stronger. We, as field commanders, assure you of our support. We shall win the election in 2015 by the grace of God.”

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