THE Chairman of the New Peoples Democratic Party (NEW PDP)
Abaubakar Kawu Baraje, on Sunday directed all 7 governors within its fold to meet with President Goodluck Jonathan Monday morning to take permission from him for being absent from the peace meeting that had been slated for today.
The national publicity secretary of the New PDP, Eze Chukwuemeka Eze, said that the move was borne out of the need to respect the President.
The statement reads:
“The National Chairman of PDP just called from Saudi Arabia around 9pm on 6th October, 2013 to direct that the Governors and stakeholders of PDP under his administration that includes Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State, Alh. Babangida Aliyu of Niger State, Alh. Kwankwaso of Kano State who are yet to travel to Mecca should meet with the National Leader of our party and President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, His Excellency Dr Goodluck Jonathan by 9am on 7th October, 2013 at the seat of power in Abuja to formally obtain permission from Mr. president to shift the meeting date to a more convenient date when all our leaders may have come back from performing the Haji operation.
Shifting the meeting to morning period is to allow the mentioned Governors apart from Gov Amaechi to travel to Mecca later in the day of 7th October, 2013 for the Haji operation.
According to the National Chairman, Alh. Kawu Baraje, this step is bore out of the plea by President Jonathan and respect we have for his office.”