The Oasis Reporters
February 22, 2017
Former President Goodluck Jonathan has come out clean to deny reports which claim that he endorsed Alhaji Ali Modu Sheriff as National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
According to a statement released on Tuesday by the media aide to the former President, Ikechukwu Eze, Jonathan described the report as false insisting that he did not endorse Sheriff during the latter’s visit to his residence in Abuja on Monday.
Although, Jonathan repeatedly addressed Sheriff as “my chairman” during the visit, he however accused the media of infusing mischief in their report, stressing that he only welcomed Sheriff to his house in line with a mediation role he was playing towards strengthening the PDP to find peace within it’s ranks .
“The issue of endorsement never came up in the course of the visit, not at the closed door meeting with Sheriff nor during the former President’s interview with newsmen,” the statement said.
“The ex -President opened his doors to Sheriff upon the latter’s request, just as he had earlier done to the Makarfi-led caretaker committee members.
“The former President is prepared to broker more talks until the leadership crisis in the PDP is finally resolved.
“Indeed, it may interest you to know that after meeting with Sheriff, the former President also met with Senator Ahmed Makarfi, leader of the PDP Caretaker Committee, and the party’s Board of Trustees Chairman, Senator Walid Jubril, later in the evening.”
“As a peace-loving leader of the party, the former President’s interest is to help reposition the PDP to enable it play a constructive role in the affairs of the nation and help deepen the nation’s democracy.”