Ex-President , Dr. Goodluck Jonathan said yesterday he did not endorse Senator Ali Modu Sheriff as National Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
The former President’s media aide Ikechukwu Eze, in a statement said:
The issue of endorsement never came up in the course of the visit, not at the closed door session with Sheriff nor during the former President’s interview with newsmen.
Jonathan who repeatedly addressed Sheriff as “my chairman” during the visit, accused the media of infusing mischief in their report, stressing that he welcomed Sheriff to his house in line with a mediation role he was playing towards undying and strengthening the PDP.
According to the statement, the ex-president opened his doors to Sheriff upon the latter’s request, just as he had earlier done to the Makarfi-led caretaker committee members.
It added that the former President was prepared to broker more talks until the issues in the leadership of the PDP were finally resolved.
Indeed, it may interest you to know that after meeting with Sheriff, the former President also met with Senator Ahmed Makarfi, leader of the PDP Caretaker Committee, and the party’s Board of Trustees chairman, Senator Walid Jubril, later in the evening.
I wish to let those spinning this falsehood know that it just doesn’t add up to fly a contrived banner of endorsement in one breath, and in another, concede that the former President explained his commitment in meeting with different interest groups, towards resolving the differences in the party.
For the avoidance of doubt, the following are the former President’s exact words during the interview with newsmen, as had accurately been reported by most online and major national newspapers, as well as broadcast organisations.
The statement quoted Jonathan’s statement shortly after meeting with Sheriff thus,
We (PDP) are not factionalised. We are one. We are solving our problems. There are bound to be differences in politics. It is the way we resolve these differences that make us human beings and that is what makes us leaders.
have met with Sheriff. And I have met with others. I will still meet with others, so that we will be able to do what is expected of us as a political party.
The former leader yesterday also met with a group of former cabinet ministers who served at various times under his administration.
Led by a former Special Duties Minister Taminu Turaki, the ex ministers met behind closed doors with Jonathan for more than two hours.
Turaki told reporters after the meeting that they exchanged fruitful ideas on the way forward with the ex president on how to resolve the crisis in the party.