Former president, Goodluck Jonathan, on Monday, in Abuja, began a move to reconcile aggrieved members of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, following the Saturday’s national convention.
The move by the former President is to douse tension generated among members of the PDP over the outcome of the convention.
Jonathan assembled a team of his loyalists, who would visit aggrieved aspirants with a view to appealing to them to forget about their grievances and work with the Uche Secondus-led members of the National Working Committee.
Those in the team are his former Minister of Special Duties, Tanimu Turaki (SAN); a former Minister of State for Finance, Amb. Bashir Yuguda; a former Minister of Finance, Nanadi Usman; and King Turner.
The former President, on Monday, led his team to the house of a former Minister of National Planning, Prof. Suleiman Abubakar, in Abuja.
Suleiman had threatened to challenge the outcome of the convention in court, saying his name was technically omitted among those contesting the position of the National Publicity Secretary.
A source at the meeting said the former President asked him to sheathe his sword and let bygones be bygones.
Confirming the visit to Punch, Suleiman said he thanked the former President and promised not to go to court.
He said, “Yes, it was true they visited me. I thanked him for the visit and his compassionate posture, that indeed he is a consummate leader worthy of emulation and that he has indeed inspired me more and I promised I would take to his advice.”
Also, Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State and the newly elected National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Prince Uche Secondus, have visited a former Deputy National Chairman of the PDP, Chief Bode George.
Wike and Secondus visited George at his Maitama home, Abuja, to seek his cooperation following the rancour that followed the national convention of the party.
George, who was one of the chairmanship aspirants, had stepped down less than 24 hours to the convention, describing the event as a charade.
He had also lambasted the Rivers State governor for saying the people of the South-West did not deserve to produce the chairman of the party.
Secondus told George that he would work with everyone and nobody would feel marginalised in the party.
Confirming the meeting with George to Punch on Monday, Secondus said the former deputy national chairman of the party remained his boss.
He said, “Yes, we met. Chief Bode George remains my boss and I will always cherish him.
“I have tremendous respect for him and I will need him in the task ahead.”