PDP: Peace in sight as Markafi, Sheriff sheathe swords
Peace, normalcy and reconciliation are in sight as the warring camp of Senator Ahmed Makarfi and Senator Ali Modu Sheriff have resolved to lay their swords down for the progress of the party. It would be recalled that the fortunes of the party have continued to dwindle following the leadership tussle between Senator Ahmed Makarfi and Senator Ali Modu Sheriff over who the authentic party Chairman is. LeadingReporters can reveal that the political gladiators at the centre of the fight are on the verge of mending fences for the peace and progress of the party
PDP has been totally locked down for nearly five months since the leadership conflict that almost threatened the existence of the party started.
The two principal actors in the dispute — the Chairman of the National Caretaker Committee, Senator Ahmed Makarfi, and its former National Chairman, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff — on Tuesday came close to laying to rest their disagreement when they both issued a joint statement in Abuja, saying that they have reached an agreement to set in motion a joint reconciliatory process.
Makarfi and Sheriff said they have agreed to sheathe their swords and were resolved to end the bickering over the leadership crisis that engulfed the party following the National Convention of the party in Port Harcourt early this year that resulted in the ouster of Sheriff as the party’s chairman.
The two leaders of the party met for several hours for the first time after a long time yesterday and resolved to pursue a united PDP.
The position of both factions was made known at a joint press conference held yesterday by the Secretary of the PDP National Caretaker Committee, Senator Ben Obi, and the acting Deputy National Chairman of the Sheriff-led faction of the party, Dr. Cairo Ojougboh.
Ojougboh, who read the resolutions reached at the meeting, said the two factional leaders met and took “a holistic review of the state of affairs” of the PDP.
The statement, which was jointly signed by Makarfi and Sheriff, said:
“It is time to heal the wounds, and bring about a united, focused and constructive opposition party that can bring sanity to our democratic process”
It would be recalled that Senator Sheriff recently visited former President Olusegun Obasanjo in search of peace and unity of the party. Although Obasanjo has insisted to have resigned from partisan politics, it was believed that his influence and advice may have paved way for the reconciliation.