Former National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Chief Olisa Metuh has congratulated members of the party following the Wednesday’s judgment by the Supreme Court which sacked Senator Ali Modu Sheriff as the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP and, in a unanimous decision by a five-man panel of Justices, handed leadership of the party to the Senator Ahmed Markafi-led National Working Committee, NWC, bringing to an end the leadership crises that has rocked the party for many months.
In a congratulatory message to party members, Chief Metuh also called for the guidance and assistance of the Former President, Goodluck Jonathan whose wealth of experience he said would be of immense help to the party.
“Today, the Supreme Court has delivered its judgment, putting to rest the leadership challenge that confronted our great party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the last 14 months.
“It is therefore in this regard that one must congratulate all members of our great party especially those elected into public offices for their patience, commitment, dedication and loyalty to the party in spite of all odds. The patience and perseverance of our long-suffering PDP staff must equally be recognized and rewarded accordingly.
“As we come out of this challenging experience, the PDP needs the former President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan to assist in navigating the waters. Indeed, his advice, goodwill, experience and democratic credentials are needed now, more than ever before, to help the party navigate through this very important period in its history.
“As a strong member of the party who has also been in leadership position, the verdict of the Supreme Court is for me a ‘no victor, no vanquished’ situation. It is a victory for democracy and for the Nigerian people. The fact that this great party stood through this most difficult and challenging times with the preponderance of its members and structures across the country still intact speaks volumes of the strong ideology that binds us together as a family.
“The time therefore has come for us to rekindle the light; to put the past behind us and reach out to our brothers and sisters; those who left before the general elections, those that left during the period of the challenges, and even those who are on the other side of the divide. We must open the big umbrella once again to accommodate all Nigerians seeking for true democracy.
“We need to come together to rebuild our nation and once more collectively enthrone a democratic order that ensures that our nation survives and thrives again as a strong, united and prosperous country where citizens are free and where peace and unity will reign once more.”