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Amid defection rumour, PDP leaders meet Jonathan

NEWSMAN, Abuja – Leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have met with former President Goodluck Jonathan on Tuesday.

Former governor of Gombe State, Ibrahim Dankwambo, former Secretary to the Federal Government, Senator Pius Ayim, former governor of Cross River, Senator Liyel Imoke, former House leader Mulukat Adeola-Akande and former governor of Katsina State, Ibrahim Shema were all in attendance.

PDP last year appointed former Senate President, Bukola Saraki to head its national reconciliation committee.

Saraki had assured that the committee would embark on genuine reconciliation in order to strengthen the party structures across the nation.

The committee also has one-time Senate President, Anyim Pius Anyim, and ex-governor of Cross River State Liyel Imoke as members.

Other members of the committee include former Gombe Governor Ibrahim Dankwambo; ex-Katsina Governor Ibrahim Shema and Hon. Mulikat Akande.

Saraki announced the meeting on his verified Twitter handle, @bukolasaraki on Tuesday afternoon.

Last year, top shots of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) were jittery over former President Goodluck Jonathan’s meeting with some chieftains of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) including governors.

The visit by the APC team, led by the Chairman Caretaker/Extraordinary National Convention Planning Committee, Governor Mai Mala Buni, had sparked political debate, The Nation reported.

Former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, had also visited Jonathan in his Abuja residence after his meeting with All Progressives Congress bigwigs including the party’s Caretaker Chairman, Mai Mala Buni; and Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, in Abuja

Jonathan was elected President in 2011 but lost to Buhari in 2015 while seeking a second term. His concession call to Buhari, which was said to be the first of its kind in the country, has endeared him to many within and outside Nigeria.

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