Three sources within the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) today confirmed to SaharaReporters that Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State and his Delta State counterpart, Emmanuel Uduaghan, actually walked out on the PDP’s national chairman, Bamanga Tukur, and Governor Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom, the chairman of the PDP Governors Forum (PGF). Our sources said Mr. Amaechi and Mr. Uduaghan staged the walk-out during a meeting of the South-South special zonal executive committee on Sunday, March 17, 2013 in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
One of the sources accused the two Niger Delta governors of teaming
up to walk out in order to embarrass Mr. Tukur and their Akwa Ibom State
counterpart. Governor Akpabio, who was recently chosen as the inaugural
chairman of the PDP’s governors’ forum, is known to be extremely
servile towards President Goodluck Jonathan. Mr. Jonathan and Governor
Amaechi have been carrying on a quiet feud for some months now.
In a move to cover up shunning of Mr. Tukur, the Delta State
Commissioner of Information, Chike Ogeah, had issued a statement
claiming that Governor Uduaghan’s exit from the Port Harcourt meeting
did not translate to disrespect for the PDP chairman. Mr. Ogeah’s
statement asserted that, on arrival in Port Harcourt, Mr. Uduaghan had
informed Mr. Tukur of his intention to return to Asaba, the Delta State
capital, the same day.