What PDP Governors discussed with Jonathan – Fayose

PDP governors forum[Photo Credit: Naij]

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Governors’ Forum said it had resolved to adopt political, rather than legal approach, to seek lasting solution to the party’s leadership crisis.

The Chairman of the Forum and Governor of Ekiti state, Ayodele Fayose, disclosed this while briefing journalists on the outcome of the forum’s meeting with former President Goodluck Jonathan in Abuja, late Tuesday night.

Mr. Fayose said that the meeting was at the instance of Mr. Jonathan and that all interests in the party would be represented in the search for the needed solution to the impasse.

“He, Jonathan, is genuinely concerned about what is going on in the party, and he thought that an interactive session with the governors will go a long way to dousing tension.

“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.

“If we believe in this party, we will all be willing and ready to pursue a political solution, which at the end of the day every interest will be well represented. That is the position of this meeting,” he said.

According to him, irrespective of the matters before the court, political solution is the best.

Mr. Fayose assured all PDP supporters that the governors believed in the party as well in its success, and urged members and the supporters to refrain from making comments that could compound the party’s crisis.

“We want to appeal to everybody to be wary of making statements that could further worsen the situation; we should make complimentary statements that can enhance the party the more.”

He explained that engaging the National Chairman of the party, Ali Sheriff, was part of the political approaches to be adopted in resolving the problems.

In attendance of the meeting were governors of Ekiti, Akwa Ibom, Delta, Taraba, Cross River, Abia, Ebonyi, Gombe and Bayelsa. Rivers was represented by the deputy governor.

The Court of Appeal in Port Harcourt had on February 17 affirmed Mr. Sheriff as the national chairman of the party against a resolution of May, 2016 national convention that sacked the party’s National Working Committee (NWC).

In place of the NWC and National Executive Committee of the party, the convention constituted a National Caretaker Committee headed by Ahmed Makarfi to manage the party and organise an elective national convention.

But, Mr. Sheriff challenged the development in court and got judgment, affirming him as chairman.

The national caretaker committee, the PDP Governors’ Forum and elders, including the Board of Trustees, flayed the judgment of the court and have appealed to Supreme Court.



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  • George

    Goodluck a man of Peace.

    God will also give you Peace and your generations born and unborn.

    • oyoko

      Like the peace the chibok girls and over 20,000 killed by boko haram under his watch went through!

      • George

        And your saint Babalawo bingo who causes the killing at the first place has been able to stop it since he came in with his nepa bils

        • oyoko

          can’t you smell it, can’t you feel the peace in that area. like i said “like the peace of chibok girls and 20,000 souls sent to their early grave”

      • Netanyahu

        Wetin concern agbero with overload? Did Jonathan create boko haram? He even cared. If it was me, I would let them and their sponsors roast in the fire they stoked. Buhari was part of the sponsors of boko haram and has the responsibility to call his loyalists to order, not Jonathan. Boko haram is a core northern agenda to frustrate Jonathan’s govt and he stupidly was wasting resources to quell the nonsense. He would have let them perish in their wickedness. Nonsense.

    • Poseidon

      Yes!!! He is a man of peace.

  • AryLoyds

    Good luck , a man of peace 🙂

    • Arabakpura

      Sheriff is also a man of peace!

      • AryLoyds

        Ndume is a man of peace as well 🙂

        • Arabakpura

          There you go! There are too many men of peace and yet there is no peace!

  • persona

    Fayose, you seem not to have gotten the essence of the meeting: GEJ is telling you to shut it so that peace will reign.
    You and Wike go bring Sheriff, na you still dey shout with Markafi say you dey go court.
    Surely, the whole meeting was centered around you, yet, you didn’t understand it and assumed that you dey warn others. Na wa for this man o.

  • persona

    The call by GEJ is welcome and even though it helps PDP, it is self serving. Should PDP break away and irreparably, GEJ will be a nobody politically because his party will be no more even he will never be forgotten as a former president.
    Whatever the issue is, political solution to a political party’s issue is the most apt route. The political solution must begin with the withdrawal of all court cases and above all, ratification of a 2 level solution wherein Sheriff is the leader and Markafi will control the structure based on the cases they all won and the fact that there are 2 camps anyways.
    PDP, I wish you goodluck.

  • thusspokez

    Mr. Fayose said that the meeting was at the instance of Mr. Jonathan

    GEJ is bad news for the PDP’s revival. How can he show fairness to both factions of the party when he has already declared his support for one faction. These governors should form a new political party minus the old guards like GEJ.

  • tundemash

    This is called “eating your vomit” ! So you guys now want to negotiate with same Modu Sheriff you have abused and claimed he was sponsored by APC ? Confused lots you are . Did you run out of more people to blame ?