- Goodluck Jonathan congratulated the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for its Supreme Court victory
- The former president in a statement said the judgment will bring the opposition party together
- Jonathan urged the Ahmed Makarfi-led caretaker committee to see the verdict as a moral victory of constitutionality
Nigeria's former President Goodluck Jonathan has congratulated the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on the resolution of its leadership tussle by the Supreme Court.
NAIJ.com gathered that 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 members 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 of Nigeria.
"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 Nigeria.
"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 vanquished policy'.
"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."
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Earlier, NAIJ.com reported that Nigeria's apex court today, Wednesday, July 12, sacked Ali Modu Sheriff as the national chairman of the opposition party.
The Supreme Court in its judgement declared Ahmed Makarfi, the caretaker committee chairman, as the authentic leader of Nigeria’s largest opposition party.
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