Former President Goodluck Jonathan and members of the Peoples Democratic Party Board of Trustees have held a meeting in Otuoke, Bayelsa State, in order to shore up support for the party ahead of the oncoming governorship election.
Jonathan, along with the state Governor, Seriake Dickson, the acting BoT chairman, Dr. Bello Mohammed, and some leaders of the party met in the former President’s home on Saturday.
The leaders rejected the decision by the state chapter of the party to suspend and expel some party members over alleged party activities.
It was learnt that the meeting which held amidst tight security was peaceful.
Those in attendance at the meeting were Mohammed, the Secretary of the BoT, Senator Walid Jibril, a former Governor of Eboyi State, Senator Sam Egwu, Dr. Cairo Ojugboh and Senator Stella Omu.
Some loyalists of the sanctioned party leaders who included the embattled Chairman of the PDP in Bayelsa State, Col. Sam Inokoba (retd,) claimed that Dickson and a former governor of the state, Diepreye Alamieyeseigha, and other party members were barred from attending the meeting due to their non-membership of the BoT.
But Dickson’s loyalists claimed it was not true and they insisted that Dickson was at the meeting from the beginning to the end.
They, however, said some aggrieved party members, including senators and former aides of the President were disallowed due to their alleged “unruly” posture.
They also said that the decision to upturn the sanctions of some members was influenced by Dickson’s disposition for peaceful resolution of the crisis.