Again, Presidency, G7 Governors’ Talks Inconclusive. •To reconvene after pilgrimages •Party:  Tukur is a bonafide member

Another round of talks to resolve the crisis in the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that culminated in its factionalisation ended  Monday in Abuja with the two sides postponing further discussions until after the conclusion of both the Muslim and Christian pilgrimages.
Also in attendance were some mainstream PDP governors— Senator Liyel Imoke (Cross River), Chief Godswill Akpabio (Akwa Ibom), Alhaji Shema Ibrahim (Katsina) and Captain Idris Wada (Kogi).
The splinter group of the party, which has seven governors in its fold, was represented by four of them: Dr. Rabiu Kwankwaso (Kano), Mr. Chibuike Amaechi (Rivers), Alhaji AbdulFatah Ahmed (Kwara) and Dr. Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu (Niger).
The other three aggrieved governors – Alhaji Sule Lamido (Jigawa), Alhaji Aliyu Wamakko (Sokoto) and Alhaji Murtala Nyako (Adamawa) – who were said to have travelled for Hajj, reportedly sent apologies.
At the end of the meeting, none of the governors commented on what was discussed or any decision arrived at as they declined to talk to State House correspondents.
However, in a communiqué after the meeting, read by Imoke, who was surrounded by Aliyu, Ahmed and Wada, the parties agreed to sheathe their swords pending the resolution of the crisis.
Imoke said: “Sequel to the meeting held on the 15th of September and in line with the agreements reached at the meeting, the governors met with the president, vice-president and the chairman of the Board of Trustees, with apologies from the governors of Jigawa, Sokoto and Adamawa, who have travelled for the hajj.
“The meeting, which was cordial, resolved that in spite of the unfortunate events that arose after the meeting of 15th of September, the parties remain committed to the resolution of the differences.
“The meeting agreed to continue to take steps towards implementing the resolutions agreed at the previous meetings.
“In view of the absence of some of the governors, it was resolved that the meetings be reconvened shortly after the Muslim hajj and Christian pilgrimages are concluded.”
However, sources privy to deliberations at the meeting confided in sources that at the beginning, the president had moved to have the grievances of members of the New PDP discussed but its delegation resisted, saying it would be better to consider the issues when all the seven governors are in attendance at the next meeting.
But the president was said to have complained that the splinter group, led by Alhaji Kawu Baraje, was overheating the polity with its conduct and utterances and urged its members to maintain peace until the crisis is resolved.
At another forum yesterday, Wamakko said the G7 would continue to fight against injustice by standing on the path of truth at all times.
He reaffirmed the determination of the G7 governors to stand on the part of truth and justice, adding that they would not waiver no matter the amount of intimidation.
He told journalists at the Sultan Abubakar III International Airport, Sokoto, shortly after his return from an official trip to Dubai, United Arab Emirates, that “we will not be deterred from our chosen course of speaking about the truth and standing for it.”
He also condemned Sunday’s procession by members of the Shi’ite sect in Sokoto, saying it was part of plans to destabilise the state.
Hundreds of the members of the  sect had converged on Sokoto city, following the release of their leader in Sokoto, Kasimu Rinintawaye, and several others incarcerated a few years ago.
They held a procession in the town while chanting anti-government slogans and praising their spiritual leader, Sheikh Ibrahim Elzakzaky.
But Wamakko alleged that the procession was hatched by some disgruntled politicians based in Abuja to create chaos in the state.
“As you are aware, these are part of the plans hatched at a meeting in Abuja some days ago by some disgruntled Abuja-based politicians.
“Those behind the plots include a serving top political appointee and some people from the state seeking ministerial appointments, “Wamakko said.
He decried the lackadaisical attitude of the security agencies, which he said could not stop the sect members from entering the state.
The governor described the people of the state as peace loving and law abiding and urged them to remain so.
Meanwhile, the PDP yesterday reacted to the claim by the New PDP that its National Chairman, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, is not eligible to occupy the position because he  was among those expelled by the party and he has not been reintegrated back into the PDP.
Tukur was expelled from the PDP in 2006 along with nine others following disciplinary actions taken against them for anti-party activities. Since then, he has not officially returned to the party, the New PDP had said.
But the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Olisa Metuh, told reporters that even if Tukur was expelled, the expulsion had been nullified by the report of the reconciliation committee led by former Vice-President  Alex Ekwueme.
He said: “I cannot remember whether Alhaji Bamanga Tukur was among those expelled by the Iro Dan Musa committee, but even if he was among those expelled, the Alex Ekwueme’s committee gave all aggrieved members of the party a blanket amnesty.
“By the Ekwueme’s report, which was adopted by the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the party, it has wiped away all offences of aggrieved members and given them a clean slate. It is known to all members of PDP that the Ekwueme’s committee gave a new lease of life to members who may have left the party because of one grievance or the other and by the report of the committee, headed by Dr. Alex Ekwueme, it restored them back to the party and to their original position.
“This explained why Alhaji Bamanga Tukur contested for the March 12, 2012 national chairmanship election and won the election as the national chairman.”
On the claims that Tukur is a stranger to the party, Metuh said: “We have looked at the G-7 or we have looked at this our aggrieved brothers, minus the governor of Jigawa, we don’t think of any other person that has institutional memory to remember things that happened in this our party from inception. There is nobody here that has ever been a party administrator except our former acting national chairman (Baraje).”
According to him, Baraje is a novice to the affairs of the party, as he was a civil servant in the Kwara State governor’s office before his election.
“Baraje came to the frontline of PDP in 2008 when he won election as the national secretary of the party. He was not in any way associated with party administration. He has no institutional memory to PDP party administration,” he added.
The PDP spokesman explained that the splinter group is afraid of Tukur as PDP national chairman because of his leadership qualities and support for Jonathan’s transformation agenda.
In a related development, was learnt that security has been beefed up around Tukur following the reshuffling of those in charge of his safety.
A source said the Aide-de-Camp (ADC) to the PDP national chairman, Halilu Kazeem, a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), and Tukur’s security detail, Nasir Mohammed, have been replaced.
He said although no reason was given for the change of guard, it could be a sign that the presidency was not disposed to removing him as being demanded by the New PDP