Former President Goodluck Jonathan declared yesterday that his ongoing effort at restoring peace in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) through genuine reconciliation is completely devoid of any precondition.
A statement issued on his behalf by his Media Adviser, Mr. Ikechukwu Eze, also said that ex-President urged them to ignore rumours and false information being passed off as the outcome of the continuing dialogue.
The former President commended members and leaders of the PDP for their unreserved support for the ongoing efforts towards resolving the differences in the party. The statement stressed that the former President would address the public on the positive outcome of the consultations at the appropriate time.
The statement reads: “We have observed that since the meeting between former President and the governors of the PDP last Tuesday, in continuation of the mediation efforts embarked upon by the ex-President, the media space has been inundated with clearly off-the-mark speculations, presenting often contradictory perspectives on the ongoing consultations towards resolving the issues in the PDP.
“We wish to urge the public and well-meaning PDP members to ignore such misleading conjectures, as they are obviously the handiwork of those who do not wish the party well and are, therefore, not happy with the current reconciliation efforts.
“The fact that the Chairman of the PDP Governors Forum and Ekiti State Governor, Mr. Ayo Fayose, promptly addressed journalists at the end of the meeting, to the effect that an agreement was reached on seeking a political solution in resolving the differences in the party, clearly showed that there was no ambiguity in messaging.
“It is obvious that those behind the misleading publications have failed to achieve their aim, as the former President has seamlessly continued with the consultations and reconciliatory meetings.
“It is instructive to note that since the meeting of last Tuesday with the governors, the ex-President has also met with many other key leaders of the party, including the Chairman, Board of Trustee (BOT) Senator Walid Jibrin, Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff and Senator Ahmed Makarfi, in line with his resolve to carry all the organs of the party along.”
According to the statement: “There is no doubt that the statesmanship evident in the former President’s reconciliation efforts precludes his laying preconditions, as is deliberately being misrepresented by a section of the media.
“We hereby reiterate that the former President is determined to continue on this path of inclusive dialogue by working with the governors, the BoT, members of the National Assembly and other key stakeholders until the internal dispute is finally resolved.
“Again, we urge the public and loyal party members to continue to support the peace process and not to listen to rumours, as the ex-President will address them on the positive outcome of the consultations at the appropriate time.”