The National Reconciliation Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) led by former Senate President Bukola Saraki is currently meeting with ex-President Goodluck Jonathan.
Details of the meeting are sketchy but newsmen gathered that it may not be unconnected to the party’s plan for the 2023 election. Alongside key PDP leaders, Saraki stormed President Jonathan’s residence at Maitama, Abuja, around 1:00pm.
Former governors of Katsina, Gombe and Cross Rivers states; Ibrahim Shema, Ibrahim Dankwambo and Liyel Imoke, are among those in attendance.
Others at the closed-door meeting include former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Senator Anyim Pius Anyim; and erstwhile House of Representatives leader, Hon. Mulikat Adeola-Akande.
Saraki’s committee was inaugurated months after the PDP lost the presidential election to the All Progressive Congress (APC) in 2019. Among its objectives is reconciling aggrieved members who have left the party and as well wooing new members to the party ahead of the next general election.
Newsmen had reported how some kinsmen and political allies of Jonathan intensified their move to woo the Nigerian leader into 2023 presidential race.
Although the All Progressives Congress (APC) has refuted the claim that it is planning to make the former president its candidate in 2023, reports on such move have been flying around. Some of Jonathan’s allies, especially in Bayelsa, where he hails from, have been pushing him for the 2023 election.
Jonathan’s kinsman from Ogbia Local Government Area of Bayelsa State and pro-democracy advocate, Comrade Wisdom Ikuli, told newsmen that the former president is very eligible to contest the 2023 presidential election and that most Nigerians are yearning for his return.