President Goodluck Jonathan splashed further out in the muddy waters of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), holding a meeting at the presidential villa with some of the governors elected on the platform of the party after majority of them rejected his overtures.
Those he met with were described as those who are close and loyal to him.
They included Emmanuel Uduaghan (Delta), Ramalan Yero (Kaduna), Gabriel Suswam (Benue), Theodore Orji (Abia), Ibrahim Dankwambo (Gombe), Liyel Imoke (Cross River), Seriake Dickson (Bayelsa), Godswill Akpabio (Akwa Ibom), Idris Wada (Kogi) and Isa Yuguda (Bauchi).
The six governors who walked out of the party’s convention on Saturday to form a parallel PDP were invited to the meeting but declined asking to be given more time to respond to such invitation.
Those governors are Aliyu Wamakko (Sokoto), Sule Lamido (Jigawa), Aliyu Babangida (Niger), Abdulfatai Ahmed (Kwara ) Murtala Nyako (Adamawa) and Rabiu Kwankwanso(Kano).
The Governor of Rivers State, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, with whom Jonathan has one of the fierce battles that have exposed him politically, was not at the villa meeting.
At the meeting, which started at 9.10 pm at the First Lady conference room were Vice President Namadi Sambo; PDP National Chairman, Bamanga Tukur; Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Anyim Pius Anyim; Special Adviser to the President on Political Affairs, Ahmed Gulak; and Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati.
Journalists were asked to leave the venue as the meeting under the pretext that it was a private meeting.