Nigeria's former President Goodluck Jonathan
has congratulated the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on the resolution of its leadership tussle by the Supreme Court.
The former president said the apex court's verdict is a judgment where there are no winners or losers, adding that it will bring the party together.
Jonathan in a Facebook post on Wednesday, July 12, called on member who had left the party because of its leadership issues to return and build the party.
Read the full statement below:
"I congratulate my political party, the Peoples
Democratic Party, on the successful resolution
of its leadership crisis by the Supreme Court
I believe in our jurists. We may have issues with some individuals but the Nigerian judiciary deserves our respect and commendation. They have served this country well.
Today's verdict is a judgment where there are
no winners or losers. It is a verdict that will
bring our party together. We should all thank
the Supreme Court of the Federal Republic of
As I congratulate the Ahmed Makarfi led
Caretaker Committee, I want to strongly urge
them not to see this as a victory of a section
of the party, but as a moral victory of
constitutionality over arbitrariness.
Thus, they must take inspiration from General
Yakubu Gowon and declare a 'no victor and no
As a senior member of the party, I hereby call
on all those who left the party because of its
leadership issues to return to their natural
home and build the PDP.
The PDP is an inclusive vehicle not an exclusive one. We see Nigerians as human beings deserving of the rule of law, separation of powers and a free market economy that provides a level playing ground for all.
The party that gave Nigeria the largest economy in Africa is a party whose heart is large enough to find a place for all Nigerians. I thank God for this day of Justice and may God bless Nigeria. GEJ."
Earlier, NAIJ.com reported that Nigeria's apex
court today, Wednesday, July 12, sacked Ali
Modu Sheriff as the National Chairman of the
The Supreme Court in its judgement declared
Ahmed Makarfi, the caretaker committee
chairman, as the authentic leader of Nigeria's
largest opposition party.