President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday, resolved the rift between the Ekiti State governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Chief Ayo Fayose and other aspirants.

The aggrieved aspirants had rejected the governorship primary on the grounds that they preferred a consensus candidate rather than participate in full blown primaries.

Nigerian Pilot learnt that President Jonathan and PDP national leaders held two meetings at the Presidential Villa late on Wednesday where the feud was resolved.

A source at the meeting which was attended by the 12 aspirants, said President Jonathan appealed to the aspirants to sheathe their swords and work together so that PDP can win the election.

He was said to have reminded them that the election was not just about the governorship but about the PDP as a political party.

The president was quoted to have expressed his displeasure over the conduct of the men whom he said, did not prepare for the contest properly but were mainly banking on dropping his name (Jonathan) to curry favour.

One of the candidates, it was said, tried to show obstinacy as he allegedly expressed reservations on the peace moves and pleadings made by party leaders at the meeting.

The President, it was said, told the obstinate aspirant that he was at liberty to leave the party and join the opposition if he believed he was indispensable.

At this point, one of the elders in the party was said to have apologised to the President on behalf the “unruly” aspirant and pledged that no one would work against Fayose at the poll.

At the Legacy House, Abuja yesterday afternoon, it was resolved that the N11million the aspirants paid for the PDP primaries be refunded to them.

In his reaction, Fayose said it was a welcome development and thanked the President for his intervention in the feud.

And ahead of the grand reception for PDP decampees in Kano on Tuesday next week, former governor of the state, Ibrahim Ahmed Shekarau, was in the State House yesterday to consult with Jonathan who is scheduled to lead other party stalwarts to the reception.

Shekarau told State House correspondents that the state chapter of PDP and Kano people would be happy to receive the President. He said the chances of PDP winning the state in 2015 were high.

“Let us wait and see. Fortunately, politics is about people and it is an open thing, you don’t play politics in the backyard or in the bedroom. People will see and it is not just getting the crowd, but the day we are voting, people will know whether Kano is for PDP or any other party. So, we assure you and I want to say, with all sense of humility that Kano belongs to PDP.”

Advertisements