PDP crisis: Why I met Sheriff, Makarfi, others – Goodluck Jonathan

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Former President, Goodluck Jonathan, on Friday disclosed that he has met with the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and Chairman of the party’s Caretaker Committee, Ahmed Makarfi with the aim of resolving the leadership crisis in the party.

Jonathan also disclosed that he met with the Chairman of the party’s Board of Trustees, BoT, Senator Walid Jibrin and the Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu.

In a statement issued by his Media Adviser, Ikechukwu Eze, he stressed that he would continue to dialogue with all warring factions until the crisis in the party is resolved.

According to the statement, “The fact that the Chairman of the PDP Governors Forum and Ekiti State Governor, Mr. Ayo Fayose, promptly addressed journalists at the end of the meeting, to the effect that an agreement was reached on seeking a political solution in resolving the differences in the party, clearly showed that there was no ambiguity in messaging.

“It is obvious that those behind the misleading publications have failed to achieve their aim, as the former President has seamlessly continued with the consultations and reconciliatory meetings.

“It is instructive to note that since the meeting of last Tuesday with the governors, ex-President Jonathan has also met with many other key leaders of the party, including the Chairman of BOT, Sen. Walid Jibrin; deputy Senate president, Senator Ike Ekweremadu; Senator Ali Modu Sheriff and Senator Ahmed Makarfi, in line with his resolve to carry all the organs of the party along.

“There is no doubt that the statesmanship evident in the former President’s reconciliation efforts precludes his laying preconditions, as is deliberately being misrepresented by a section of the media.

“We hereby reiterate that the former President is determined to continue on this path of inclusive dialogue, by working with the BOT, members of the National Assembly and other key stakeholders, until the internal dispute is finally resolved.”

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