- Goodluck Ebele Jonathan is taking a leading position in efforts to bring about a new constitution for the Gambia
- The former Nigerian president is hosting not less than 15 politicians from the African nation in Abuja
- The meeting, according to reports, is expected to last for three days
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In a bid to reach a consensus on the legal framework of a new constitution in the Gambia, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan is hosting leaders of political parties in the West African nation in Abuja.
According to the former president's media aide, Ikechukwu Eze, the move is supported by the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance.
Eze revealed that the meeting will be part of a three-day brainstorming session that is aimed at giving the nation a blue-print for a set of new laws.
Speaking more on this, the media aide said:
“Dr. Jonathan has been supporting the country’s ongoing constitutional review process to forge a workable national consensus since December 2020.
“The session is to afford Dr. Jonathan and the party leaders in attendance an opportunity to undertake a collective review of the progress that has been registered since the inter-party dialogue began in December 2020, with some specific recommendations carried forward to January 2021.”
Meanwhile, Jonathan met with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)’s reconciliation and strategy committee as part of efforts to resolve the internal crisis within the party.
The party had in 2020 appointed former Senate president, Bukola Saraki, to head its national reconciliation committee.
Legit.ng gathered that the committee also had a one-time Senate president, Anyim Pius Anyim, and ex-governor of Cross River state Liyel Imoke as members.
Other members of the committee include former Gombe governor, Ibrahim Dankwambo, ex-Katsina governor, Ibrahim Shema and Mulikat Akande.
Saraki announced the meeting on his verified Twitter handle, @bukolasaraki, on Tuesday, February 16.
Some leaders of the PDP were jittery in 2020 over ex-president Jonathan’s meeting with some chieftains of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), including governors.
Saraki had assured that the committee would embark on genuine reconciliation in order to strengthen the party structures across the nation.
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