BY BEN AGANDE
A faction of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, led by Senator Modu Sherrif has said that it had contacted former President Goodluck Jonathan with a view to intervening in the protracted leadership crisis in the party, noting that the former leader was disposed to resolving the logjam.
This came on the heels of a closed-door peace meeting held yesterday in Abuja between Senator Buruji Kashamu and Senator Sheriff in order to broker peace with Ahmed Makarfi-led Caretaker Committee.
The Sheriff group, it was gathered, would be meeting with Jonathan, who had deliberately stayed away from partisan politics since his defeat in the last presidential election, in furtherance of earlier contacts made by a former South-South Deputy National Chairman of the party , Dr. Cairo Ojugbo regarding the matter.
Disclosing this in an exclusive chat with Vanguard yesterday in Abuja, Ojugbo, described the ex-President, whose disposition on the issue had been vague, as having the wisdom needed to resolve the festering impasse over the party’s national leadership.
While responding to inquiry if the faction had met with Jonathan, Ojugbo, a staunch supporter of Sheriff, said: “Yes, the immediate past President is from my zone, the South-South and he is one of my leaders, I respect him, I love his candor. I love him as a human being and yes I have been in contact with him and he is also equally looking for a balanced position. He is man that every Nigerian loves.”
He further said though Sheriff was not averse to making peace with the Makarfi group, he would not be doing so on the terms set by state governors.
“What Sheriff has said and he has repeated it before everybody, is let Makarfi and his group step down. I will step down and will join and nominate persons to conduct the convention which is what a gentleman can do. And now he said look anybody who goes to Port Harcourt is on his own because he knows what the Emperor of Ikwere would do,” he added.