Former President, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, has asked the two faction leaders, Alhaji Ahmed Makarfi and Alhaji Ali Modu Sheriff, to step down in an effort to resolve the crisis in Peoples Democratic Party.
Makarfi, the Caretaker Committee chairman, who is backed by governors elected on PDP platform and Sheriff, national chairman, who got a favourable judgment at the Court of Appeal recently, have been fighting for the control of the PDP, which has not only polarised the party but also weakened it.
After a meeting with Jonathan on Tuesday, PDP governors told the press they had resolved to adopt a political solution to the crisis. Sources at the meeting told Daily Sun that at the head of the political solution was Jonathan’s insistence for Makarfi and Sheriff to step down, for a new dawn in the party.
It was gathered that Jonathan reasoned that since the leadership of either of the two warring party leaders would not solve the problem, the best solution was for them to step down.
Apart from asking Makarfi and Sheriff to step down, it was learnt, Jonathan also suggested that the governors be left to run the party and put it back to reckoning. Towards this end, the governors would be left to nominate another chairman, who would emerge at a national convention.
Jonathan had met with Sheriff in Abuja last week, where he told the former Borno State governor to soft-paddle on his hardline posture.
The former president also met with Makarfi and emphasised that the most important thing was for the PDP to unite and come strong, ahead of the 2019 general elections.
Jonathan had told a committee set up for the reform of the PDP, led Prof Jerry Gana, that the loss of PDP in 2015, was a temporal setback, boasting that the party was still a force in the country.