The committee says its resolution will not embarrass any of its leading members.
The Chairman of the panel appointed to resolve the protracted crisis in the Adamawa State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Sule Lamido, has said its recommendations for the resolution of the crisis were guided by the party and national interests and, therefore, will ultimately not embarrass any of its leading members.
Mr. Lamido, who is also the Jigawa State Governor, also gave an indication that the party’s governors are now ready to cooperate with the national leadership of the party following nationwide tours embarked upon by the National Working Committee, NWC, and Board of Trustees, BoT.
Mr. Lamido, who spoke after a meeting of the panel in Abuja on Thursday, said it would soon submit its report, which he described as “wonderful” to President Goodluck Jonathan.
The committee was appointed last December by Mr. Jonathan to reconcile the two factions of the party in the state. The factions are led by Joel Madaki and Mijinjiwa Kaugama, respectively. The Madaki faction is backed by the National Chairman of the PDP, Bamanga Tukur; while the state governor, Murtala Nyako, is supporting the Mijinjiwa faction.
Members of the panel include the Governor of Abia State, Theodore Orji; Secretary of the Board of Trustees, BoT, Walid Jubrin; former Minister of Information, Jerry Gana; and some members of the National Working Committee, NWC.
Mr. Lamido told journalists that the panel was able to bury personal ambitions in resolving the crisis, adding that the two factions would align with the larger party and its candidates.
He also admitted that the panel wrote the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, on the matter, insisting that it was in the best interest of the ruling party.
“Our report is ready and we are submitting it to Mr. President and I assure you that the report is wonderful,” he stated.
“We have been able to bury our personal ambitions and interest for the sake of the party, because it is the only hope for Nigeria. So, what we discussed here was, what do we do for the sake of PDP, for the sake of Nigeria interest. I want to assure that we shall not fail Nigerians.
“They (factions) are all going to align with PDP and PDP candidates. Our party’s interest first, the party fortunes, what we are going to do to restore confidence of Nigerians,” the Jigawa Governor stated.
The governor noted that opposition parties such as ACN and ANPP do not experience ‘one per cent of PDP’s headache.
“The bigger the head, the bigger the headache but we have the capacity to overcome it. We don’t fear crises,” he said
He added, “Do you know what they call human management? Naturally, in any human gathering there are crises, there are problems, but you see, the PDP has the capacity and the sagacity to solve and overcome its own problems.”
Asked if the governors are ready to work with the national leadership of the party following the reconciliation tours embarked by its organs, Mr. Lamido said, “You see, we are talking about a family. When you are trying to build a family, I think there should be love, there should be respect, and there should be care and trust. The PDP will not embarrass anybody.”