The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has approached former President Goodluck Jonathan for his intervention in the crisis rocking the party ahead of the 2023 elections.
Jonathan is believed to have the ability to reconcile the aggrieved parties and re-unite the party hence the decision to turn to him for help.
This move was disclosed on Thursday by a former Governor of Benue State, Gabriel Suswam during an interview appearance on Arise TV.
According to Suswam, the crisis rocking the PDP which has pitched the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, and his allies (G5) on one side and the party’s presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar as well as the PDP National Chairman, Iyorchia Ayu on the other side is a ‘family affair.’
Bellnewsonline.com recalls Wike and his team have demanded the resignation of Ayu as the PDP National Chairman and his replacement with a southerner as the only condition to support the party for the 2023 presidency.
They argued that as a matter of justice and fairness, all major positions in the party should not be occupied by a particular region, adding that Ayu had also promised to step down should a northerner emerge as the PDP presidential candidate for 2023.
Speaking about the situation on Thursday, Suswam expressed confidence that all grievances will be resolved before the 2023 election and the PDP will go to the polls united.
He said: “Jonathan has been dragged into the issue to resolve the matter. Solving this problem between the G-5 governors is what we should be looking at. When Wike inaugurated the election council in Rivers State, all the governors were there; they were also there when Ortom inaugurated the same in Benue State; this shows that they still love the party.
“PDP has the capacity and internal mechanisms to resolve the party; this is why we are bringing in Jonathan to help resolve the matter.
“Jonathan has been dragged into the issue to resolve the matter. Solving this problem is what we should be looking at. They still love their party at heart.
“Wike had said he is open to reconciliation, Ortom said some of his comments were misinterpreted.”