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Monday, 23 September 2013

JONATHAN, TUKUR READY WAR TEAM IN G7 STATES •Gbemi Saraki, Mohammed Abacha, Ghali Na’Abba may emerge

  •  by  Taiwo Adisa -Abuja
  • FOLLOWING indications of a total collapse of the ongoing peace talks between the presidency and aggrieved governors of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) under the aegis of New PDP, the mainstream PDP was said to have prepared its war team in the affected G7 states.
    Investigations by the Nigerian Tribune confirmed that the mainstream PDP, led by Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, alongside the presidency, had prepared what looks like a war team, which would soon emerge in the states of the G7 governors.
    Although it was believed that not all the G7 states, as currently constituted, would eventually remain recalcitrant, sources said some reports had identified states that appeared irredeemable.
    “Some four states are seen as irredeemable so far. The understanding is that some governors are just linked with the G7 by association and they don’t really have anything fundamental against the mainstream PDP,” a source said, adding that states like Kano, Kwara and Jigawa were seen as almost impossible to placate in the ongoing exchanges.
    Sources said alternate structures were already being prepared for Kwara, since the presidency believed it could not meet the demand of the incumbent governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed and his predecessor, Senator Bukola Saraki, to stop what they termed harassment by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
    A source said since the EFCC could not be stopped, the government believed it could not meet the expectation of Saraki.
    It was gathered that Senator Gbemi Saraki may be wooed to take over the structure of the party in Kwara.
    Sources also said Kano appeared to stay strong in the agitation, with former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Honourable Ghali Umar Na’Abba, identified as the new leader of PDP in the state.
    Na’Abba, it was gathered, would manage the state alongside Mohammed Abacha, son of the late head of state, General Sani Abacha, seen as a popular figure in the state.
    It was gathered that the issue of Rivers State was concluded, since the structure of the party was given to the new leadership by the court.
    “I can tell you that the presidency is not losing sleep over the agitations of the G7. It is, first of all, seen as a demonstration of democratic rights and freedom of speech guaranteed by the party.
    “But with the way some persons are carrying on as if they have fundamental grouse with the president, the administration cannot continue to look or condone insurgency within the party,” a source further said.

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