Aso Rock Meeting With Jonathan: Aliyu, Lamido, Nyako Want Tukur’s Head

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President Goodluck Jonathan, three northern governors and the leadership of the National Assembly yesterday met in Aso Rock to find ways to end the raging crises in the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) and the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF).
Sources close to the governors at the parley claimed that the peace meeting was brokered by the Senate President David Mark.
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The governors who attended the meeting are Babangida Aliyu of Niger State, Murtala Nyako of Adamawa State and Sule Lamido of Jigawa State. Mark and the deputy speaker of the House of Representatives, Emeka Ihedioha, LEADERSHIP Sunday learnt, also attended the meeting.

But Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal and Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso were absent at the peace talks, as they were in Lagos to receive the Zik Leadership Awards.
It was gathered that issues bordering on the recent moves by the five northern governors which saw them visiting former Nigerian leaders as well as their Rivers State counterpart, Rotimi Amaechi, over what they called “efforts to save the ruling party and democracy” dominated the session.
LEADERSHIP Sunday further learnt that the governors insisted that for peace to return to the party, its national chairman, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur “must go.”
According to one of the sources, the governors maintained that “Tukur is the problem and should leave for peace to return to the ruling party,” adding that the governors assured the president that they would not leave the PDP for another party.
It could however not be established last night whether President Jonathan accepted the governors’ demand.
Our correspondent gathered that the meeting also faulted the utterances of Governor Nyako, especially his recent remark that the “PDP will soon die.”
LEADERSHIP Sunday also learnt that the president and other stakeholders expressed concern at the growing opposition from within the PDP and appealed to its members for restraint.
The governors’ arrival at the villa took aides and other political appointees of the president by surprise. They came a few minutes to noon and headed straight to meet with President Jonathan for about three hours.
 None of the governors spoke with reporters after the meeting. Journalists were barred from covering the meeting described as “private”.
The meeting took place two days after the Senate adopted its committee’s report on the Rivers State crisis, which recommended a takeover of the functions of the Rivers State House of Assembly by the National Assembly.

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