Emerging report on Thursday, revealed that former President, Goodluck Jonathan, has asked the two protagonists, Senators Ahmed Makarfi, and Ali Modu-Sheriff, in the on-going Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, leadership crisis, to step down.
Recall, that Makarfi, the Caretaker Committee Chairman, who is backed by Governors elected on the PDP platform; and Sheriff, the National Chairman of the party, who got a favourable judgment at the Court of Appeal recently, have been fighting for the control of the PDP, which has not only polarised the party, but also weakened it.
Recall also, that after a meeting with Jonathan on Tuesday, the PDP Governors told the Press that they had resolved to adopt a political solution to the crisis. In an exclusive chat with National Enquirer on Thursday however, a competent source revealed that the political solution was Jonathan’s insistence for Makarfi and Sheriff to step down, for a new dawn in the party.
It was gathered that Jonathan reasoned that since the leadership of either of the two warring party leaders would not solve the problem, the best solution was for them to step down.
Apart from asking Makarfi and Sheriff to step down, it was learnt that Jonathan also suggested that the Governors be left to run the party, and put it back to reckoning.
Towards this end, the Governors would be left to nominate another Chairman, who would emerge at a National Convention. Jonathan, had met with Sheriff, in Abuja, last week, where he told the former Borno State Governor, to soft-paddle on his hardline posture.
The former President ,also met with Makarfi, and emphasised that the most important thing was for the PDP to unite and come strong, ahead of the 2019 general elections.
After the meeting with Jonathan, the Ekiti State Governor, Ayo Fayose, had stated that the former President was “genuinely interested in finding a solution to the party crisis”, while urging party members to refrain from making inflammatory statements that could compound the PDP’s problems.
Fayose had said: “It is my pleasure to tell you that (Jonathan) is genuinely concerned with what is going on in the party. And he thought that an interactive session with the Governors would go a long way to douse tension.