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I Will Intervene In PDP Crisis – Jonathan

Jonathan & Buhari
Posted: Aug 5, 2016 at 4:30 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Rotimi Akinwumi


In a surprising twist that may herald a more politically active Goodluck Jonathan in the months ahead, the immediate past president has indicated his readiness to intervene in the crisis rocking the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Jonathan called on all warring groups in the party to be ready to find and accept a quick political solution to the issue tearing the party apart.
He condemned the litany of court cases instituted by some party members against the party, and argued that court cases would not solve the party’s problems.
The former president expressed these views on Wednesday night in his Abuja residence when he hosted members of the Board of Trustees (BoT) of the PDP.
At the meeting, which ended about mid-night, Jonathan stated that although crisis was inevitable in any political party, the ability to collectively resolve all differences was the sole factor that determined the success of any political party.
He told the party leaders to adopt the principle of reciprocity as well as sacrifice which places the party above every member and their ambition.
He disclosed that he had been discussing quietly with aggrieved members of the party with a view to resolving all outstanding issues.
“Unfortunately, we have challenges, but I think you should not be discouraged. This should not be beyond us.
“I believe that, collectively, we can resolve them. Any sincere PDP member should know that PDP is bigger than an individual, and members have to sacrifice their interest for the party.
“I have been talking to individuals but not in a way that is exposed to the media, but I believe I should do more”, the former president said.
Earlier, chairman of the party’s Board of Trustees (BoT), Walid Jibril, had told the former president about the collective wish of party members for him to intervene in the crisis of the party.
According to Jibril, the crisis that had bedevilled the PDP since the 2015 general election is threatening its very existence.
He disclosed that virtually all leaders of the party had made the request that he be invited to intervene in the crisis.
He urged Jonathan to show greater interest in the party by participating in its activities.
“The BoT decided to visit you today in recognition of the immense roles you have been playing as former president.
“The challenges we face are strange and had never happened to us before. We now have several cases in court, up to 15.
“Good Samaritans and leaders in the party are concerned about the issues and are calling on you to intervene.
“We plead with you to be part of the reconciliation that is on-going in the party. We are sure that when you so do, we will have a way forward.
“We plead with you not to be tired; you must be with us, you must help us so that this reconciliation will be fruitful”, Jibril said.
?In a comment shortly after the meeting, a former deputy national chairman of the party and member of BoT, Chief Bode George, said the former president had given his word of honour to intervene more in the crisis.
“Jonathan has agreed to broker peace absolutely. He has not only accepted to assist in making peace but has given his word to be joining us in the process of resolving the crisis and to also make out time to attend our meetings.
“As you know, he is a life time member of BoT having being a former president; when people see the big masquerade, they will be more careful.”
It would be recalled that the PDP had not enjoyed peace since the conclusion of the May 21 Convention in Port-Harcourt where the highest organ of the party (the convention) took the decision to dissolve the National Working Committee (NWC).
Senator Ali Modu-Sheriff, who had been positioned to get a fresh term in office, did not take lightly the plan of the stakeholders to ditch him at the last minute, hence his decision to form a faction for himself.
Other disgruntled former NWC members like Prof. Wale Oladipo and Adewole Adeyanju, ex-National Secretary and ex-National Auditor, respectively, pitched tent with him.
The convention, after dissolving the NWC, put together a National Caretaker Committee headed by Senator Ahmed Makarfi to run the party for 90 days and, within the time, conduct another convention.
Several court cases have, however, been instituted by the two parties in the bid to get legal control of the party.
The courts have not helped matters as different courts of coordinate jurisdiction have been issuing conflicting orders and judgments which the interested parties have been interpreting to suit their own purposes.