THE Chairman, National Reconciliation and Strategy Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party, Dr Bukola Saraki, on Tuesday said ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, remained committed to the ideals of the PDP.
Saraki said this shortly after an over one-hour meeting held between his committee and Jonathan. The meeting was held at the former president’s residence in Maitama, Abuja.
This is coming amidst speculations that the ruling All Progressives Congress was trying to lure Jonathan into joining the party to contest the 2023 presidential election.
Saraki, who addressed the press after the closed-door meeting, said, “We are members of the national reconciliation and strategy committee set up by the party, and part of our task is; to meet with our former President, Dr Goodluck Jonathan.
“We are starting off with our former President and we are here to let him know what our plans are and also to hear his own views and advice on what we need to do, how to do it, as well as how we need to strengthen the party and reconcile aggrieved members in order to bring about unity and focus in our party.
“It was a very useful meeting. He gave us his views and we are very happy. He reassured all of us of his commitment to the PDP and he told us that he is still ready to offer his time, experience and resources to strengthen the party and that is very strong and important for us. Of course, you know there are funny issues going on but we are leaving this place very happy.
“He is also ready to work with the reconciliation committee to play his own game. That is a great step for the party. We have put that behind us all those people of the other party that would like to come and disturb our leaders. Our leaders are here and they are ready to work for the party.
“We spoke about what role former Presidents like him will play and he left us feeling very happy that yes, he will like to play that role in the PDP and help our committee to move forward.”
Other members of the committee present at the meeting included: former Governors Ibrahim Dankwambo, Ibrahim Shema and Liyel Imoke of Gombe, Katsina and Cross River states respectively; ex- Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Senator Anyim Pius Anyim; and former Leader of the House of Representatives, Mulikat Adeola-Akande.
Meanwhile, the Chairman of the National Caretaker Committee of the All Progressives Congress, Governor Mai Mala Buni, is to lead four of his colleagues to receive former Ogun State Governor, Gbenga Daniel, into the party.
The grand reception is being prepared for Daniel. Before dumping the Peoples Democratic Party for the APC, Daniel served as the campaign manager for the 2019 PDP Presidential Candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, in the general elections.
The reception for him is scheduled to be held at the Asoludero Court, Sagamu, Ogun State, on Wednesday.
Those expected to join the welcome party include: Governors Nasir El-Rufai (Kaduna), Abubakar Bagudu (Kebbi), Muhammad Badaru (Jigawa) and Dapo Abiodun (Ogun).
This was contained in a statement titled, ‘Visitation of Governors from Northern and Southern Nigeria on the security challenges in the South-West’.
It read in part, “The host governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, will lead the governors to the Asoludero Court, Sagamu.”