Rivers gov absent as Atiku, PDP govs, stakeholders meet in Abuja

Rivers State Governor, Siminalayi Fubara, again on Saturday stayed away when Governors elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party and its leaders, including former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, met in Abuja to discuss the future of the main opposition party.

During the meeting, the PDP leaders renewed their commitment to discipline in the interest of the party.

Although no reason was given for Fubara’s absence, a party source said the Rivers governor is still playing the loyalty card, having been advised by his predecessor, Nyesom Wike not to be too financially committed to the party.

“The Rivers Governor didn’t give a reason for his absence but his political mentor and the former governor of the State, Nyesom Wike has not mended fences with the PDP and is unlikely to do so. This perhaps explained why he was away. He (Fubara) was said to have been advised by Wike not to spend money on the party like he (Wike) did while he was in power,” a party source said.

This is just as the PDP leaders resolved to shun any form of anti-party activities in line with the ethos of the party.

These and other resolutions were contained in a communique issued at the end of the meeting held at the Bauchi Governor’s lodge, Abuja.

Gov Mohammed, while reading the communique, said, “The meeting emphasized the need for party discipline and reiterated zero tolerance for anti-party activities and sabotage. No individual or group of individuals will be allowed to undermine the unity of the party and its processes.

“The meeting committed to repositioning and stabilizing the party. To this end, the healing and reconciliation process is in progress and yielding results.

“The meeting signaled that unity and loyalty are still core values of the PDP and would be rewarded.

“All the Governors and organs of the party solidly support the PDP Presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, and the PDP Vice Presidential Candidate, Ifeanyi Okowa, to rescue the stolen mandate in the tribunal and would do everything lawful towards achieving this.

“The Governors will work in partnership with the party at the states and national level to ensure good governance, transparency, and accountability.

“The meeting congratulated the party for impaneling the campaign councils for the off-session elections in Bayelsa, Imo, and Kogi States and urged the campaign councils to ensure victory for the party in the three States.”

The party leaders also faulted the number of ministerial nominees to serve in the President Bola Tinubu-led government.

The communique added, “The meeting counseled the Federal Government to show leadership in curtailing the cost of Governance. 48 Ministers and several Special Advisers and Assistants should be reduced to ensure the health of our economy.

“The meeting advised the President, Commander in Chief, and the Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria not to go into any form of war with the Republic of Niger over the recent military coup in the country. Rather, all tools of dialogue and diplomacy should be further employed.”

Those who attended the meeting included Atiku Abubakar, Ifeanyi Okowa, Governors Bala Mohammed (Bauchi), Ahmadu Fintiri (Adamawa), Duoye Diri (Bayelsa), Sheriff Oborevwori (Delta), Peter Mbah (Enugu) and Ademola Adeleke of Osun State.

Others were Godwin Obaseki (Edo), Kefas Agbu (Taraba), and Dauda Lawal of Zamfara State.

Also present were the PDP Acting National Chairman, Umar Damagum, Deputy National Chairman (South) of the party, Taofeek Arapaja, National Vice Chairman (South-South) of the party, Dan Orbih, among others.

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