The crises of interests in the PDP are set to get worse, with senators and governors vowing not to yield an inch in their bitter struggle for the senatorial tickets of their respective states ahead of 2015.
No fewer than nine governors are bidding for Senate tickets – a move that has infuriated many senators who plan to return. The senators took their case to President Goodluck Jonathan after a two-day work-to-rule in the last two weeks.
The President was said to have promised them 40 tickets, which they now claim may have been withdrawn after a meeting of governors with the President on Tuesday night.
In fact, the Benue State Governor, Gabriel Suswam, has warned that the PDP might implode, should tickets be conceded to senators.
Suswam want to take over from Senator Barnabas Gemade, he’s vowed not to step down for him.
According to Vanguard, PDP senators may renew their work-to-rule. The PDP Senate caucus met for over two hours on Wednesday after which a source said “firm decisions were taken on a number of issues, including our fate in 2015”.
The emergency closed door meeting was said to have been held after plenary to review the outcome of the Villa parley. The lawmakers resolved to renew their battle with the Presidency and the party, following information that the party and the Presidency may go back on the agreement to give automatic tickets to no fewer 40 senators.
It was learnt that PDP governors at a meeting with Jonathan on Tuesday insisted that he and the party’s top leadership should immediately take another look at automatic tickets for senators.
The governors reportedly said that instead of granting 40 automatic tickets to senators, the governors should be allowed to take up the issue and review it on a state-by-state basis.
A senator said they saw the governors’ stand as a fresh move to outwit them but vowed to fight on.
“Senators are not happy and I can tell you that a number of people are already contemplating ditching the party,” the PDP senator added.