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PDP NEC in crucial talks with Jonathan, pledges support

….Akpabio in Aso Rock too, meets Jonathan

By Daniel Idonor
PPARENTLY regretting its role in the recent power play in Aso Rock that led to the emergence of Dr Goodluck Jonathan as Nigeria’s Acting President, the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Friday stormed the Presidential Villa to mend fences with Jonathan over its controversial role in the last political logjam.

The Chairman of the party, Prince Vincent Ogbulafor, who had visited Jonathan, times without number, individually, Friday increased his strength when he led the entire National Executive Committee of the party to Aso Rock to persuade the Acting President for more attention.

Ogbulafor who confirmed to State House Corespondents that his team was in the Villa to discuss with Jonathan on how best the party can support him, disclosed that the PDP now wishes to work give him the cecessary support.

“The meeting is about our party and the federation, the key issues we discussed is about giving him support, giving the AP and C-in-C support, and telling him that PDP is solidly behind him. That he should go on to govern this nation in the interest of the generality of the people, who voted us into power.”

Asked why the PDP find it wise now to make such move, the PDP boss said “usually, from time to time, we meet with our leaders, and we consult with them, when we have problems, we trash it out, when we need advise on issues, he would give us his advice, it is in a forum like this that we tell ourselves the truth. The AP has pleased the party so far, and he is going according to our plan”.

On whether the party was satisfied with ministerial nominees before the National Assembly, Ogbulafor said “we have said that, we said it that we are happy with his ministerial nominees. That’s party business”.

Gov Akpabio also in Aso Rock

Also in Aso Rock Friday was Chief Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom State; who said he met with Acting President Jonathan on other national matters than ministerial nominees, saying that he was also satisfied with ongoing exercise so far.

Speaking on the resurgence of militant activities, especially as it affects the implementation of the amnesty prgoramme, the governor said “I don’t want to say that it has been handled in a shoddy manner, I would rather say that it has been occasioned by short delays, planning and other logistics from the center in terms of implementation of the agric programme of the amnesty.”

According to him, “because of the delay, it has led to a ot of boredom on the part of militants. For me, I think it has also added to the upsurge in the region”.

He stated that “what I have done in Akwa Ibiom is to train 200 militants this April in agric under what I call integrated farmers’ scheme. We are going to accommodate them for 2-3 months; we will pay them allowances and try to train them in different aspect of farming”.

“At the end, we hope to give them half a millionNaira each for those of them that will take to poultry and small farming so that they can become useful while awaiting the final decision of federal government on amnesty”.

While calling for more attention to the programme on the side of the Federal government, he said “but I think it’s something that we need to redouble efforts in order to regain the confidence of the people and also bring peace in the Niger delta”.


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