IN SPITE of the appeal
filed at the Supreme Court
by the National Caretaker
Committee of the Peoples
Democratic Party, PDP, over
the leadership crisis in the
party, governors elected on
the platform of the party have
opted for political solution to
the crisis.
The Governors’ position was
made public Tuesday night in
Abuja after they met on with
former President Goodluck
Jonathan.
Chairman of the Forum and
Governor of Ekiti state, Mr
Ayodele Fayose, disclosed
this while briefing newsmen
on the outcome of the forum
meeting with former President Goodluck Jonathan in Abuja,
late Tuesday night.
Fayose said that the meeting
was at the instance of 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.
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, Sen. Ali Modu 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 Feb. 17 affirmed
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).

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In place of the NWC
and National Executive
Committee of the party,
the convention constituted
a National Caretaker
Committee headed by Sen.
Ahmed Makarfi to manage
the party and organise an
elective national convention.
But, 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 (BoT), flayed the
judgment of the court and
have appealed to Supreme court.

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