At least 16 members of the People’s Democratic Party’s National Working Committee resigned their positions Thursday at the party’s National Executive Committee meeting boycotted by seven governors.
Governors Sule Lamido of Jigawa state and Murtala Nyako of Adamawa state-known critics of the President Goodluck Jonathan- are not attending the meeting; as well as some of the president’s supporters-Governors Gabriel Suswam of Benue, Martins Elechi of Ebonyi, Sullivan Chime of Enugu and Ibrahim Shema of Katsina states.
Rivers state governor, Rotimi Amaechi, is also absent, understandably, since the governor is on suspension. Messrs Lamido and Shema were represented by their deputies.
The meeting kicked off at about 2.03 pm after the president and Vice president Namadi Sambo arrived.
The NEC meeting, delayed for more than a year, is expected to feature intrigues amid concerns several governors may move against the national chairman, Bamanga Tukur, with a vote of no confidence.
Mr. Tukur’s concerns for his job is said to have partly informed the party’s refusal to schedule the NEC meeting for several months.