Sunday, 26 March 2017

PDP Crisis: Goodluck Jonathan hails Dickson peace committee

Former President of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan, received the governor of Bayelsa State and members of his committee in his home in Otuoke, Ogbia Local Government Area of Bayelsa State, has urged the contending parties to embrace negotiations as a way out of the crisis.
He commended the governor for going round the country to meet with key stakeholders and leaders of the party in order to ensure that peace reigns in the PDP.

He also expressed reservations over the use of courts to settle political matters, stressing that a political solution would ensure a win-win outcome for the warring groups.

Jonathan said, “I believe a political solution remains the best means of resolving the crisis in the party and that’s why the Dickson committee must be commended. No two parties go to court and come out smiling, especially for a political party like the PDP that’s in the opposition.”

The former president insisted that courts should ordinarily have no business in deciding who should be the chairman of a political party.

Governor Dickson, in his remarks, said Bayelsa State had benefited substantially from the PDP, noting that the party remained the only one that had given the position of president to Bayelsa, a minority.

The former minister of the FCT, Prof. Jerry Gana, also paid tributes to the leadership quality of Dickson as a peacemaker and commended his efforts at pushing the peace process.

Gana said, “He has pushed the process so relentlessly to the extent that the success of finding a lasting resolution to the crisis has become evident.”

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