Former President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan has commended members and leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for their unreserved support for the on-going efforts towards resolving the differences in the party, saying that they should ignore “rumours” being carried in a section of the media about what transpired during his meeting with PDP governors.
In a statement issued in Abuja yesterday, Dr Jonathan said at the appropriate time in the course of the consultation, he would make his views known about the outcome of discussion being held.
The statement signed by his Media Adviser, Mr. Ikechukwu Eze, also said that ex-President Jonathan will continue with his consultation with party leaders to ensure full reconciliation of the party’s crisis.
Makarfi, Jonathan and Sheriff
The statement read: “We have observed that since the meeting between former President,Dr. Goodluck Jonathan and the governors of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) last Tuesday, in continuation of the mediation efforts embarked upon by the ex-President, the media space has been inundated with clearly of-the-mark speculations, presenting often contradictory perspectives on the on-going consultations towards resolving the issues in the PDP.
“We wish to urge the public and well-meaning PDP members to ignore such misleading conjectures as they are obviously the handiwork of those who do not wish the party well, and are therefore not happy with the current reconciliation efforts.
“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 message.
“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, Board of Trustee (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.