The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Elders committee
headed by former President Olusegun Obasanjo has told President Goodluck
Jonathan to shelve his 2015 ambition as one of the conditions for resolving the
crisis that has split the party into two.
The confusion in the PDP as a result of the formation of 'New PDP' on August 31,
has lingered for two weeks now, with no solution in sight. Rather, President
Jonathan last week sacked nine ministers, most of whom were nominees of
governors and top politicians in the New PDP.
An insider in the elders committee told our reporter that the elders told
President Jonathan the bitter truth, giving him two conditions for peace.
Sunday Trust source explained what happened thus: "The governors have resolved
to let go of their grievances only if Bamanga is removed and Jonathan drops his
2015 ambition. The Obasanjo-led group of elders of the party presented this
position to the president days before this meeting. However, we learnt the
president rejected the idea."
Our correspondent learnt that it was as a result of this position taken by the
elders that loyalists of the president began to call Obasanjo names. The former
President supported Jonathan's 2011 election against all odds.
The former members of the PDP's National Working Committee (NWC) told our
reporter that many members of the party from the North were disappointed in
President Jonathan because before the last election he had vowed not to contest
2015 in the next election.
He said, "Particularly those of us from the North who had earlier backed him for
the presidency in 2011 are not happy. We had an understanding with him over the
2015 election, but his refusal to honour it and insistence to contest the
election at all cost is part of what we are experiencing now. I think he should
be honourable enough to tell those calling on him to dump that agreement that it
will not help the PDP and our democracy."
'SACKED MINISTERS WERE UNDER WATCH FOR WEEKS'
The 'New'Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has explained that the nine Ministers
sacked by President Goodluck Jonathan last Wednesday were under security watch
for weeks, describing them as victims of the ongoing war between the PDP and the