Members of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Board of Trustees have pleaded with former President Goodluck Jonathan to intervene in the crisis that has bedevilled the party in the past three months.
The BoT members led by the chairman, Senator Walid Jibril, made the plea when they paid a special courtesy visit on Dr. Jonathan in his Abuja residence late Wednesday night.
Briefing Jonathan on the development in the party, Senator Jibril said the party was facing challenges in not less than 15 cases in various courts and had received both favourable judgements and unfavourable interlocutory injunctions.
He said the party leaders realised the imperative of resolving the crisis outside the courts and have set up various reconciliation committees ahead of its August 17 national convention.
While appealing to Jonathan for his intervention on the lingering leadership crisis, the BoT chairman said members of the party held him in high esteem, that was why they were approaching him to intervene.
“That is why we want you as our former president to be part of the reconciliation. Your intervention is very important.
“We came to discuss with you and seek your intervention. We are sure when you do there will be a way forward for the party. We have great respect for you despite the fact that you have not been appearing in our activities.”
The BoT chairman, who added that he had been in regular touch with the former president to brief him of activities in the party, emphasised that despite the crisis in PDP, the party is still very solid.
While acknowledging that they were aware of Jonathan’s busy engagements at home and abroad since he left office, he pleaded with him to create more time to participate in PDP activities.
“Please don’t be tired; we want you to participate in our activities; we want to see your face, sit with you and discuss with you,” Jibril said.
In his response, Dr Jonathan declared that he had been keeping tab with activities in the party and had been reaching out privately to some of the main actors in the crisis.
“We have challenges but we should not be discouraged because there are challenges everywhere. I believe collectively we will surmount our challenges,” the former president said, and appealed to all to give peace a chance and respect the supremacy of the party.
“Any sincere member of PDP will know PDP is bigger than any individual. Really, I have been talking to some of the actors outside the media and we shall do more. I believe collectively, we shall be able to resolve the issues,” Jonathan added.
He lamented the role of the judiciary in the crisis and described as unfortunate the conflicting injunctions and judgements from the courts.
The BoT members later went into closed-door session with the former president.
A member of the delegation, Chief Bode George told journalists after the closed-door meeting that they had very fruitful meeting with the former president.
“The meeting was perfect; I feel completely elated. When we were in power for 16 years all these crises would have been resolved by the Villa. Now there is no villa. It looks like a community where there is no headship. Suddenly, the spirit of discussion and camaraderie that evolves gave me this personal happiness.
“In our party whoever is president is always the leader of the party. Now until another presidential candidate emerges, President Jonathan remains the leader of the party.
“Of course he has been busy touring Africa, Europe and America. We are at a point where we cannot afford to allow the party to go under; and this is the most appropriate time as BoT to come to him to say we want you to intervene. It was a very warm meeting and very encouraging.”

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