Following the splitting of the Peoples democratic party, PDP, President Goodluck Jonathan on Sunday held two separate meetings with former President Olusegun Obasanjo and 16 Peoples Democratic Party members.
Jonathan, who first met with former president Obasanjo in his official residence at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, also met with four governors of the party, which included the splinter group known as the New PDP.
The Party members, sighted at the villa included Babangida Aliyu (Niger), Rabiu Kwankwaso (Kano), Muritala Nyako (Adamawa), Abdulfatah Ahmed (Kwara), Aliyu Wamakko (Sokoto), Sule Lamido (Jigawa), Rotimi Amaechi (Rivers), a former Acting National Chairman of the PDP, Kawu Baraje; a suspended National Secretary, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola; and a former National Deputy National Chairman, Dr. Sam Jaja.
The governors and a former vice president, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, had walked out of the PDP special convention in Abuja on Saturday , announcing the formation of the New PDP.
But shortly after the meeting, former president Obasanjo issued a brief statement, where he expressed worry over the development, admonishing the warring parties to sheath their sword.
The statement reads, “The situation in our ruling PDP after the convention on Saturday and the parallel convention same day has given great concern to all well-meaning members of the party and particularly to the elders of the party.
“While some select elders are making efforts to get the situation resolved as soon as possible, it is imperative to emphasize that the move will bring back peace and return it to its vigorous and dynamic election-winning ways.
“I want to passionately appeal to both sides for now to sheath their swords, maintain the status quo, with earliest conveyance of the elders’ meeting before the end of this week. Members are equally enjoined to remain calm until the elders complete their peace-making meeting.”