2019: PDP and Obasanjo in secret talks?

The People’s Democratic Party, PDP, is re-strategizing ahead of 2019.

In a bid to stave off internal wrangling, the South-West caucus of the party seem to have settled for Chief Olabode George as its National Chairman.

The party also inaugurated an 18-member peace committee headed by Prof. Jerry Gana.

PDP’s Board of Trustees chairman, Senator Walid Jibrin chaired the meeting.

The peace committee aims to seek a political solution to the face-off with its former national chairman, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff.

According to Mr. Jibrin, “We are gathered to inaugurate the special committee of the BoT to reconcile our members.

“You are aware that the BoT have been meeting with some organs to review the situation in the party.

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“We have therefore decided to set up a special committee with a view to resolving the problem.

“I am very optimistic that the end of this conflict has come.

“We shall all come out smiling very soon before our convention.

“We want to thank the PDP caucus in the Senate and the House of Representatives.

“We also thank our able governors and so many other bodies that have tried their best to resolve this problem.

“We must also agree that this party is supreme, this party is above every one of us.

“It is above individuals and therefore we must all join hands to ensure that we resolve this matter politically.

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“It is on this issue of political consideration that we decide to form this committee.

“Even those who believe that there are problems should cool down.

The party also sent secret emissaries to former President Obasanjo so he could return to the Party.

PDP’s attempt fell on deaf ears, as OBJ said he was not returning to PDP.

According to Obasanjo, “I’m referring you to the statement issued over the weekend that ‘those who know me, know that I have publicly announced quitting partisan politics.’”

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“I have told the world that I have quit partisan politics and that is final.”

PDP’s BoT chairman later said the party was not “Gasping for breath.”

This is a veiled response to Obasanjo’s dismissal of plans to return to his former party.

Jibrin further cautioned its members to “Ignore leaders who are talking in newspapers that this party is not alive.

“The party is alive. Such people should change their minds.

“If he comes back to this party, we are ready to receive him.”