Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Governors’ Forum said it has resolved to adopt political measures to bring the crisis that has put its members at dagger drawn and defiled several solutions in the past to and end.
This was disclosed by the Chairman of PDP Governors Forum, Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State while briefing Journalists shortly after a close door meeting with the former President, Goodluck Jonathan.
He said the party as a family has agreed to end all legal approaches to the leadership tussle and to seek a lasting and agreeable solution that would fast-track peace and unity in the party.
Ayodele Fayose maintained for the party to make a significant impact, it needs to jettison all forms of grievances with a view to charting common front, adding that, the meeting which was held at the Goodluck Jonathan’s Foundation Office at Maitama Abuja, Tuesday night, was to examine grey areas for immediate action critically.
He stated that the meeting was convened at the instance of former President, Goodluck Jonathan, where all interests in the party were represented to search for the needed solution to the impasse.
The PDP Governors Forum chairman stated thus,“He, Jonathan, is genuinely concerned about what is going on in the party, and he thought that an interactive session with the Governors would contribute significantly to reducing the tension among a various faction of the party.
“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 issue”.
“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 explained.
Accordingly, Governor Ayodele Fayose posited that irrespective of the fact that the matter is before the court, a political solution is the surest and the best approach to holistically end the crisis.
The Ekiti state Governor reiterated the forum’s resolve with an assurance to all the PDP supporters that the Governors believed in the party as well in its success, and called on members and the entire PDP supporters to desist from making unguided and inflammatory comments that could ridicule the reconciliatory initiative of the former President, thereby, worsening the crisis in the party.
The PDP Governors Forum Chairman used the opportunity to make this passionate appeal to the PDP family, “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 appealed.
He stated that engaging the National Chairman of the party, Ali Modu Sheriff into a round table dialogue was part of the political approaches adopted in resolving the problems.
The Court of Appeal in Port Harcourt had on 17th of February, 2017, affirmed Senator Ali Modu Sheriff as the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP, as against the resolution of 21st May, 2016, Portharcourt National Convention which sacked the party’s National Working Committee NWC, and replaced it with the National Executive Committee-NEC and equally constituted a National Caretaker Committee headed by Senator Ahmed Makarfi to pilot the affairs party, with the mandate to organise an acceptable Elective National Convention that will produce the next sets of leadership of the party.
In attendance during the meeting were the Governors of Taraba, Ekiti, Akwa Ibom, Delta, Cross River, Abia, Ebonyi, Gombe and Bayelsa. Rivers state was represented by the Deputy Governor.