Piqued by the sudden emergence of a parallel national executive committee of his party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), President Goodluck Jonathan on Sunday night met with 16 PDP Governors.
The crucial meeting, which was held at the First Lady Wing of the Presidential Villa, it was learnt, was conveyed to discuss the breakup of the party.
The 16 Governors that attended the meeting were: Babangida Aliyu (Niger), Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso (Kano), Isa Yuguda (Bauchi), Murtala Nyako (Adamawa), Idris Wada (Kogi), Liyel Imoke (Cross River), Godswill Akpabio (Akwa Ibom) and Abdulfatah Ahmed (Kwara).
Others were Emmanuel Uduaghan (Delta), Ibrahim Shema (Katsina), Mukhtar Ramallan Yero (Kaduna), Garba Umar (Taraba Acting Governor), Saiidu Dakingari (Kebbi), Theodore Orji (Abia), Ibrahim Dankwambo (Gombe), Jonah Jang (Plateau).
Also in attendance were Vice President Namadi Sambo, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Senator Anyim Pius Anyim, National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki and Joe Gadzama.
Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar on Saturday at a press conference addressed at the Shehu Musa Yar’Adua centre announced the formation of a parallel national executive committee with Abubakar Kawu Baraje as chairman and Olagunsoye Oyinlola as National Secretary.
In company of seven governors and other party chieftains, Atiku had earlier stormed out of the special convention ground at Eagles Square, Abuja.
The Governors were: Babangida Aliyu (Niger), Rotimi Amaechi (Rivers), Magatarkada Wamakko (Sokoto), Muritala Nyako (Adamawa), Rabiu Kwakwanso (Kano), Sule Lamido (Jigawa) and Abdulfatai Ahmed (Kwara).