by Dare Lawal
It was not a very good day for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Saturday, as its national convention witnessed a walkout by seven governors elected on its platform, as well as a former vice president, Atiku Abubakar.
The walkout left many party members crestfallen and dejected. In fact, apart from the governors of Kebbi and Bauchi states, Usman Dakingari and Isa Yuguda respectively, all other PDP governors left the venue of the event before the convention was over, leaving President Goodluck Jonathan and Vice President Namadi Sambo at the Eagles Square in Abuja, venue of the party’s mini convention.
Only a handful of supporters remained after the event.
According to reports:
Even the ever vibrant Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Mr. Godwill Akpabio, refused to speak with journalists when he was leaving.
Looking dejected and unhappy, Akpabio, who had earlier spoken eloquently and assured the President of the support of his fellow governors, walked out of the venue with his head bowed.
Putting his hands in his pocket and refusing to look up, Akpabio, who is also the Chairman of the PDP Governors’ Forum, refused to acknowledged greeting from people.
But the President, his deputy, Namadi Sambo, factional National Chairman of the party, Dr. Bamanga Tukur and few others sat patiently inside the State Box till the end of the voting exercise.
Only a handful of supporters stayed till the end of the event.
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo was absent at the event.