Goodluck Jonathan says the PDP would soon resolve its crisis – He says the party will bounce back stronger after doing so
The former president commends Governor Dickson and his committee for getting the two warring factions of the party to sign a peace deal
Former President Goodluck Jonathan on Saturday, March 29, said the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) would resolve its lingering crisis and come out stronger.
Jonathan expressed the optimism at his country home in Otuoke, Bayelsa when he received the report of the Governor Seriake Dickson-led PDP reconciliation Committee, Vanguard reports.
According to him, resorting to courts for political disagreements was abnormal.
The former president commended the Dickson’s committee for getting the two warring factions of the party to the negotiating table, adding that a truce was in sight given the commitments so far given by the party faithful.
He said: “I have always believed that political differences should be resolved outside the courts, but unfortunately we are already involved with it and gone up to the Supreme Court, but we are hopeful of a political solution.
“Party politics is supposed to be a family affair and ought to be resolved amicably without resorting to the courts.”
Jonathan also noted that there was an urgent need to return the power to the people arguing that litigation had surrendered the mandate of the people to the judiciary.
Speaking also, Governor Seriake Dickson said he accepted the challenge of rebuilding the PDP to express gratitude to the party that gave Bayelsa the platform to lead Nigeria through Jonathan.
According to him, political option remained the best way of resolving the crisis within the party.
He noted that Jonathan laid the foundations for a political solution when he convened a meeting of PDP governors a few weeks ago that approved the peace plan.
He said the report, which is a roadmap to achieving peace, was open to review and urged stakeholders with ideas to rebuild the party to table such ideas for discussion.
We gathered that a peace deal was recently struck by the Ali Modu Sheriff and Ahmed Makarfi to end the leadership crisis rocking the Peoples’ Democratic Party.
It was reported that the National Reconciliation Committee of the party headed by Governor Henry Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa state made the deal happen.