The Peoples Democratic Party’s acting National Chairman, Yemi Akinwonmi, led a group of party leaders to visit former President Goodluck Jonathan in his Abuja residence on Tuesday, August 31.
Daisi Akintan, former caretaker secretary of the PDP in the South-West and secretary of the ex-officio forum and a member of the National Executive Committee, were among Akinwonmi’s team.
Although the three-member team met with the former President behind closed doors, it was learned that the purpose of the visit was to update Jonathan on current events within the party and seek his counsel on how to best resolve the situation amicably.
A source privy to the meeting said, “The South West team were with the former President to appeal to him not to abandon the party.
“They also urged him to take a more active role in the party’s activities, rather than taking a passing interest in the party’s business. The team was promised by the ex-President that he would not forsake the party.”
This visit to the former president may not be unconnected with rumours making the rounds that Dr Jonathan wants to dump the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
It is further being rumoured that the APC wants to present Goodluck Jonathan as their presidential candidate, with a yet-to-be determined strong candidate as his running mate.
This thinking of the APC enjoys the support of the North who are desirous to allow only someone who will serve only one term as president and Jonathan is just the right person because he has already served one term as president and by the constitution he can only serve a maximum of one term.
The fear of the North is that if a fresh candidate is allowed to become the president, such a candidate may want to go for second term and that will be injurous to the aspiration of the North.
The leadership of the PDP, nursing the fear that Jonathan may be tempted by the APC bait of a second, decided to go and beg him not to abandon the PDP and also extract commitment from the former president that he will not leave.