PDP govs meet Jonathan, seek political solution to crisis

Olusola Fabiyi, Abuja

Former President Goodluck Jonathan met with governors elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party in Abuja on Monday night over the lingering crisis in the former ruling party.

The meeting, which started a few minutes after 6pm, was held at the office of the former President located at Maitama District. It ended at exactly 10.07pm.

The governors were led to the meeting by the chairman of their forum, who is also the Governor of Ekiti State, Mr. Ayodele Fayose.

Others governors at the meeting were Ibrahim Dankwambo (Gombe); Okezie Ikpeazu (Abia); Dave Umahi (Ebonyi); Seriake Dickson(Bayelsa); Udom Emmanuel (Akwa Ibom); Darius Ishaku (Taraba); Ifeanyi Okowa (Delta); Ben Ayade (Cross River); and Ipalibo Baligo(Deputy Governor of Rivers State).

At the end of the meeting, Fayose told reporters that the governors had decided to find a political solution to the crisis in the party.

Fayose said, “It is my pleasure to tell you that we are here at the instance of the former President. He is genuinely concerned by what is going on in the party. And he thought  that an interactive session with the governors would go a long way to douse the  tension.

“One, we want to assure all our supporters that we believe in this party.  We believe in the success of this party.  We want to appeal to everybody to be wary of making statements that could further worsen the situation.

“Rather we should make complimentary statements that can enhance the party the more. Again, we know that there are so many matters before the court.  But we believe that  a political solution will go a long way to solve this matter.”

In his reply, Sheriff told our correspondent that he was ready to follow the path of peace as presented by the governors.

He said there was no way he would allow the party to die, adding that anytime the governors call for meeting, he would be glad to attend.

Sheriff, who spoke through the party’s National Secretary, Prof. Wale Oladipo, appealed to all well-meaning members of the party to watch the way they speak.

He said, “It is a good news to hear that our governors have agreed to find a political solution to the crisis.

“We are glad to hear that. This has always been our position. We are ready to meet them and discuss. It is only one party and we won’t allow it to die.

“Today is significant because this is what we have been preaching. So, tell our enemies that we have agreed to sheathe our swords and work together in the interest of peace.” 

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