President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday held a reconciliation meeting at the Presidential Villa Abuja with five Governors from the northern states of Adamawa, Niger, Jigawa, Kano and Sokoto.
It should be recalled that penultimate Saturday in Abeokuta, the President and the group of five Governors had played hide-and-seek with each other as they competed for the attention of former President Olusegun Obasanjo. The Ota farmer first hosted President Jonathan who was in Abeokuta on a condolence visit to the family of Dr Reuben Abati, his Senior Special Assistant on Media, who had lost his mother. The five governors were also hosted by Obasanjo shortly after President Jonathan left his hilltop mansion in Abeokuta.
The five northern governors also held well-publicized meetings with former military leaders Ibrahim Babangida and Abdulsalami Abubakar, last Monday in Minna apparently to seek advice on the current political situations in the country.
In the meeting at the presidential villa, the five northern Governors reportedly articulated their grievances to include the over-bearing influence of the Governors of Akwa Ibom, Benue, Bauchi, Katsina, Delta and Abia states in the affairs of the PDP and the recent events in Rivers State, including the fact that they were pelted with bricks by thugs suspected to be opposed to Governor Rotimi Amaechi without any words from the President on the matter.
No official statement was issued on the outcome of the closed-door meeting between the President and the five northern Governors which last for over two hours.