Ekiti state governor Ayodele Fayose has revealed that ex-President Goodluck Jonathan has landed a big role as the leader of the peace process of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) which is aimed at finding a lasting solution to the leadership crisis in the opposition.
Fayose told The Punch on Wednesday, March 1 that this was one of the results of the meeting between Jonathan and PDP governors which took place on Tuesday night in Abuja.
“The meeting believes that political engagement of all stakeholders to the dispute may bring a lasting solution. Former President Jonathan is to lead the process. The ongoing courts processes notwithstanding, party faithful should be patient and allow for possible resolution through dialogue.”
According to Fayose, this move was taken without prejudice to the ongoing appeal at the Supreme Court.
He said: “We believe while the case is going on, we should engage all the stakeholders. The unity in the party is more important without prejudice to the ongoing case in court.
“There is no price too much to pay for peace. It is not about the governors alone, it is the initiative of the stakeholders to find a lasting peace.”
He however said no conditions for peace were set at the meeting because “politics is free will.”
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“There is no condition, politics is free will. We should do everything that will promote peace. We pleaded with everybody not to make inflammatory statement,” he said.
Meanwhile, Jonathan has advised Senator Ali Modu Sheriff and Senators Ahmed Makarfi to step down as a way to resolve the leadership rift within the PDP.
The Sun reports that sources within the party said the former president asked both men to step down and for the party to forge a new path especially with the coming of the 2019 general elections.