Former President Goodluck Jonathan has waded into the current leadership crisis rocking the former ruling party, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The former President, on Wednesday, said that he will do more to reconcile the broken party and bring the two factions in the party together, noting that he has been working behind the scene to reconcile the party.
Jonathan stated this after he was paid a visit by members of the PDP Board of Trustees at his Abuja residence
While acknowledging the split in the party, Jonathan said that he has been briefed about the divide by members of the party.
He hailed the PDP BoT chairman, Walid Jibrin, for effectively leading the party.
The former President said, “I have been talking to individuals (members of the party) but not in a way that is exposed to the media but I believe I should do more.
“Unfortunately we have been challenged, but I don’t think you should not be discouraged. Challenges are part of life; even in families there are challenges.
“There are challenges even in the church more than what may be happening at political level. So you should not be discouraged, and I believe, collectively, we can solve it.
“This should not be beyond us but I believe the collectively, we can resolve it. Any sincere PDP members should know that PDP is bigger than an individual. And many members have sacrificed their interest for the party.”
He called on the party members to come together for the good of party, saying that Nigerians deserve a strong opposition party.
On his part, Jibrin said “We abide by provisions of the party, article 10 of the constitution, which provides for internal resolution of crisis. This provision is abandoned with various court cases.
“There is court judgement in Port Harcourt, and there are court judgements and orders in Abuja.
“We have realised that we need reconciliation. Some many committees have been set up for reconciliation. The BoT decided to form a special committee to pursue reconciliation. Some members of the party is concerned.
“That is why we appeal to former president that he be party to the reconciliation; it is your intervention that is very important for a way forward for the party.
“We have great respect for you despite the fact that you have not been appearing in our activities.
“We have embarked on programme of visitations to our founding fathers; we have visited the National Assembly. We are satisfied with level of cooperation between PDP and other members in the National Assembly.
“They have played the opposition very well and have embarked on policy of issues not on personalities.”