Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, National Reconciliation and Strategy Committee, Dr Bukola Saraki has assured party faithful that ex-President, Goodluck Jonathan is going to avail the party of his experience, time and resources to regain the presidency in 2023.
Addressing newsmen, Tuesday, after leading members of the PDP national reconciliation and strategy committee to a meeting with Jonathan at his Maitama-Abuja home, Senator Saraki also dismissed speculations that Dr Jonathan will be defecting to the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC.
There are unconfirmed reports that APC Governors and chieftains have been lobbying Dr Jonathan to join their fold.
He stressed that rather than dump the PDP, Dr Jonathan will be at the forefront in 2023 to ensure the PDP recaptures power at the centre.
Dr Saraki added that those “disturbing” the former President into quitting the major opposition party should perish the thought as he (Jonathan) remains a PDP man to the core.
Saraki 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 and 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.”
According to him, the meeting which lasted over one and a half-hour was very productive saying, “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. 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,” he added.
On whether the meeting deliberated on the possibility of Jonathan gunning for the Presidency in 2023; Saraki was evasive adding however that the former first citizen’s pledge to work in furtherance of the cause of the PDP is commendable.
“We spoke about what role former Presidents like him will play, and he left us feeling very happy that yes, he would like to play that role in the PDP and helping our committee to move forward,” he added.
Present at the meeting were other members of the committee including former Governors Ibrahim Dankwambo, Ibrahim Shema and Liyel Imoke of Gombe, Katsina and Cross River state respectively; ex-Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Senator Anyim Pius Anyim; and erstwhile House of Representatives leader, Hon. Mulikat Adeola-Akande.
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