Former President Goodluck Jonathan has promised to intervene in resolving the leadership crisis in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Jonathan made the promise on Wednesday in Abuja when the zonal representatives of the PDP Board of Trustees led by its Chairman, Sen. Walid Jubril, paid him a courtesy visit. He said that although he had been holding consultations with individuals, he would do more to resolve the crisis. He noted that Nigerians expected a vibrant opposition to the ruling party and that PDP must rise to the occasion.
“Unfortunately we have challenges, but I think you should not be discouraged. Challenges are part of life, it comes up in homes, religious places…what is important is our ability to resolve them.
“This should not be beyond us, but I believe that collectively, we can resolve it.
“Any sincere PDP member should know that PDP is superior to any individual, and that members have sacrificed their interests for the party. Even the nation expects a more vibrant opposition.
“I have been talking to individuals but not in a way that is exposed to media but I believe I should do more,’’ Jonathan said.
The former president, however, regretted the conflicting court orders on the party’s crisis, saying it was “unfortunate that the Nigerian environment is that way to have conflicting court judgements.’’
Jonathan commended members of the board for their commitment to the party and condoled with them on the recent death of their secretary, Chief Ojo Maduekwe.
Speaking earlier, Jubril said that the board decided to pay Jonathan a courtesy call in recognition of his former position as former president and to brief him on the present state of the party.
“It is sad to note that the party has not less than 15 court cases with verdicts given on some and appeal pending.
“We have realised after our meeting, that there was also need for reconciliation and there were committees set for reconciliations and the reconciliations are ongoing.
“We have decided to organise a special reconciliation committee. While the process for the convention is going on, we want the reconciliation to go on.
“We want you to come into the reconciliation, we are sure that when you do that, we are going to have a way forward in this matter.
“We have great respect for you in spite of the fact that you have not been appearing in our activities,’’ Jubril said.
He added that the board has also embarked on several programmes and visitation to founding fathers of the party to address the crisis.
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