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Jonathan, govs, PDP leaders in crucial meeting

By Henry Umoru
THE Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP, will hold an expanded national caucus meeting at the Presidential Villa, Thursday.

Vanguard gathered that it is an expanded meeting because governors who were elected on the party’s platform and not original members of the PDP National caucus are also billed to attend.

Functions of the national caucus include the harmonisation of the relationship between the Executive and the Legislative arms of the government as well as coordinate their activities and that of the party. The body also reviews, considers and advises on policies and programme of government.

It was also gathered, Wednesday, that top on the agenda of the meeting is the party’s position that the North will complete its eight-year term as the South-West, just as it is expected to discuss the unfolding political issues and state of the nation and plans for the party’s congresses.

The source said it is imperative for the governors to attend the meeting against the backdrop that their discussions will be germane to the party’s position and help in the emergence of who becomes the candidate in case President Umaru Yar’Adua was not be strong enough to continue.

The governors’ presence, the source said will help the party out of the quagmire bearing in mind that most of the governors are interested in running in 2011 on the platform of PDP.

Those billed for the meeting are Acting President Goodluck Jonathan; PDP National Chairman, Prince Vincent Ogbulafor who doubles as Caucus Chairman; members of the National Working Committee, NW; Senate President David Mark; Speaker Dimeji Bankole, some National Executive Committee, NEC, members; Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, Mr. Yayale Ahmed; Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Prince Adetokunbo Kayode and two other ministers.

Also to attend are the Special Advisers on Political and National Assembly Matters, Deputy Senate President, the Senate Leader and Deputy Senate Leader, Chief Whip and Deputy Chief Whip of the party in the Senate; Deputy Speaker, the House Leader, the Chief Whip and Deputy Chief Whip, and the newly-appointed National Security Adviser, General Aliyu Gusua (red) , among others.


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