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12 December 2017

PDP convention: Jonathan leads reconciliation team, visits Suleiman, others

Former president, Goodluck Jonathan, on Monday, in Abuja, began a move to reconcile aggrieved members of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, following the Saturday’s national convention.

The move by the former President is to douse tension generated among members of the PDP over the outcome of the convention.

Jonathan assembled a team of his loyalists, who according to Punch, would visit aggrieved aspirants with a view to appealling to them to forget about their grievances
and work with the Uche Secondus-led members of the National Working Committee.

Those called upon by Jonathan are his former Minister of Special Duties, Tanimu Turaki (SAN); a former Minister of State for Finance, Amb. Bashir Yuguda; a former Minister of Finance, Nanadi Usman; and King Turner.

The former President, on Monday, led his team to the house of a former Minister of National Planning, Prof. Suleiman Abubakar, in Abuja.

Suleiman had threatened to challenge the outcome of the convention in court, saying his name was technically omitted among those contesting the position of the National Publicity Secretary.

A source at the meeting said the former President asked him to sheathe his sword and let bygones be bygones.

Confirming the visit to Punch, Suleiman said he thanked the former President and promised not to go to court.

He said, “Yes, it was true they visited me. I thanked him for the visit and his compassionate posture, that indeed he is a consummate leader worthy of emulation and that he has indeed inspired me more and I promised I would take to his advice.”

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