The Presidency and the G-7 governors have agreed to postpone further peace talks towards resolving the crisis rocking the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) till after the Muslim Hajj and Christian pilgrimages.
This was the outcome of a meeting held on Monday at the First Lady Conference room, State House, Abuja.
The G-7 governors, who pulled out of the PDP to form their own faction known as “New PDP,” were represented by Governors Babangida Aliyu (Niger), Abdulfatah Ahmed (Kwara), Rotimi Amaechi (Rivers) and Rabiu Kwankwaso (Kano).
The remaining three governors – Sule Lamido (Jigawa), Aliyu Wamakko (Sokoto) and Murtala Nyako (Adamawa), who had already traveled for the Muslim Hajj, reportedly sent apologies.
The pro-President Goodluck Jonathan governors that attended today’s meeting include Governors Idris Wada (Kogi), Godswill Akpabio (Akwa Ibom), Ibrahim Shema (Katsina) and Cross River, Liyel Imoke, who read the communiqué of the meeting.
Like the outcome of previous meetings, all the parties agreed to sheath their swords although no particular date was fixed for the next meeting.
Imoke said, “Sequel to the meeting held on the 15th of September 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 traveled for the Hajj.”
“The meeting which was cordial, resolved that inspite 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 at the previous meetings.”
“In view of the absence of some the governors it was resolved that the meetings be reconvened shortly after the Muslim hajj and Christian pilgrimages are concluded,” he stated.