PDP Crisis: Makarfi, Sheriff factions reconcile

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The end of the crisis within Nigeria’s main opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party, may be in sight as the two factions of the party on Tuesday resolved to work together.

The Ahmed Makarfi-led National Caretaker Committee of the PDP and a faction of the party led by Ali Modu Sheriff met in Abuja where they agreed to put their differences behind them.

The caretaker committee was led to the meeting by its National Secretary, Ben Obi, while Cairo Ojougbo, the deputy national chairman of the Sheriff faction, led its members.

At a joint press conference, the groups said they had resolved to bring about a united, focused and constructive opposition party in order to achieve sanity in the nation’s democratic process.

According to Mr. Ojougboh, who read the text of the conference, the groups also agreed to constitute a joint committee which would embark on a holistic reconciliation of the aggrieved members of the party nationwide.

He said, “In reviewing the crisis that has engulfed our party, the PDP since the loss of the 2015 general elections, after 16 years of uninterrupted leadership at the centre, it became obvious to both of us as principal actors that 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, bringing relief to the teeming supporters of our great party, the PDP and to the benefit of our country Nigeria.

“Based on the above, we have both agreed to consult widely with all relevant organs of the party; set up a joint committee that will carry out a holistic reconciliation of all aggrieved segments of our party across the country and in diaspora; pursue the vision of the founding fathers of our great party the PDP.”

He said the groups asked their members to remain calm and refrain from actions and utterances that could further bring about division and dispute in the party.

It was the first time they would agree to work together since the party split into two factions after the national convention of the party in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, in May.

At the purported convention, Mr. Sheriff was removed as acting national chairman of the party and replaced with Mr. Makarfi.

The development led to conflicting court judgements on which of the groups was actually in control of the one ruling party.

In August, a meeting between the party’s Board of Trustees, backing the Makarfi faction, and the Sheriff faction, to resolve the contentious issues before the August 17 rescheduled convention, ended in a deadlock.

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  • IZON Redeemer

    SHERIFF IS THE MAIN MAN—–He is the choice of the SS—————————–u have the support of the south south———any day——————-REGARDLESS OF THE antics of Fulani Maikashi..Nigerians have already had enough of the rule of the Fulanis and Yorubas————————ati their Ibo surrogates working for the Apes in APC–to destroy PDP-Makarfi was planted by the Fulanis and Yorubas wanting to impose another Fulani on us again

    • marcos avelino

      Sick mind thrash from thrash

    • Tunji Olarewaju

      Of course he’ll have the support of the SS, after all your brother, GEJ used him to set up BH to kill as many people from NE while making as much dough as possible

      • IZON Redeemer

        That is why the South south wants to secede like the Scotts————and Irish are demanding from Britain—–It is sheriff or nothing————–

      • IZON Redeemer

        The Sultan of Sokoto used Buhari to set up Boko haram fulani fighters among the Kanuris abi

        • Tunji Olarewaju

          While GEJ, the buffoon, was the presido,abi?More grease to your spectacular stupidity

    • Say the truth

      I have never seen reason to disagree with you before but for the first time l disagree with you. Your energy is negative and destructive. You do not mean well for that party. Your opinion is neither measured nor your utterance on this issue thus far is quit antagonistic. You are not after peace nor reconciliation but division and chaos. I doubt you mean well.

      • IZON Redeemer

        Have u not had enough of the rule by the Fulanis——–that the Yorubas often impose on us via Obj?———Sheriff a Kanuri is the only person that can save Nigeria and PDP–period——Not the mumu Fulanis again—————Look at them with Balewa Nigeria went to war—————Shagari another military coup—sacked by a Fulani—Buhari—–Then a semi Fulani cancelled June 12———-IBB———————-Unto Nigeria did the Yorubas via Obj give birth to Yara Adua-A Fulani————He died on the throne–then came Another Fulani————-Buhari again to destroy the foundation of Nigeria and u say u want a Fulani in the person of Markafi as president-again?-U must be joking——————————-

    • Man_Enough

      Tompolo for vp

      • IZON Redeemer

        Is Buhari more educated than Tompolo who is a graduate–what about Tinubu——————————-with his forged certificates————-

  • Say the truth

    It is time reason prevail.

  • emmanuel

    The Mullah’s heard the Southern PDP Governors are forming a new Party, na so their brukus run enter and dem reconcile by force.
    I did hear Sherif say he would sue them for attemting to form a new party, but changed gear when he realised he would loose out.
    Lets watch the drama unfold

  • Arabakpura

    Again, this is good; the cookies only crumble when it’s time to share the bounties and the offices!

  • Realitytalk

    Jokers and greedy party, where will that take them to ? they are loosers

  • Sir Louis

    Bad news, God will ensure that the party of vile and greedy men and women remains asunder for the good of the pillaged nation. Any coming together of the PDP to contest for power again, is an ill wind that will not augur well for the nation!

  • Ade Omowest

    The reconciliation is a welcome development, provided the two factions ensure that the known and yet to be known Looters and negative minded Politicians (both in PDP and APC) are blocked and prevented from hijacking the almost comatose PDP after revival. This will give us an alternative voice to provide the party in power (at the center) the needed constructive opposition to move the Nation forward.

    • IZON Redeemer

      SHERIFF IS THE MAIN MAN—–He is the choice of the SS—————————–u have the support of the south south———any day——————-REGARDLESS OF THE antics of Fulani Maikashis..Nigerians have already had enough of the rule of the Fulanis and Yorubas————————ati their Ibo surrogates working for the Apes in APC–to destroy PDP-Makarfi was planted by the Fulanis and Yorubas wanting to impose another Fulani on us again–and we say NAY———————Let my people go———–Our goal is freedom not the rule of the Fulanis–Yoruba traitors and their Ibo surrogates-

  • enough of Fulani rule

    Have u not had enough of the rule by the Fulanis——–that the Yorubas often impose on us via Obj?———Sheriff a Kanuri is the only person that can save Nigeria and PDP–period——Not the mumu Fulanis again—————Look at them with Balewa Nigeria went to war—————Shagari another military coup—sacked by a Fulani—Buhari—–Then a semi Fulani cancelled June 12———-IBB———————-Unto Nigeria did the Yorubas via Obj give birth to Yara Adua-A Fulani————He died on the throne–then came Another Fulani————-Buhari again to destroy the foundation of Nigeria and u say u want a Fulani in the person of Markafi as president-again?-U must be joking

    • Ijaw manu

      Let the real Native Northerners came out of their rotten holes in the North before we separate————————-to contest for the presidency-of Nigeria and PDP—–Cause-we have had enough of the fake Fulanis in Nigeria———they are nothing but rogues—————–smuggled into Nigeria from Sudan and Somalia—–Sheriff is a Native Northerner——-a Real Nigerian—–unlike the Fulanis from Mali and Niger Republic-like Bingo Buhari who does not know his left from his right———————-now-killing 9jas like rats in the North with the aid of Boko Haram via the work of the Sultanate since 1914—freedom is our goal-not the rule of the Fulanis ati their Yoruba errand boys—in APC————————Late AWO ONCE SAID THE YORUBAS WILL NEVER BOW DOWN TO THE FULANIS from Sudan——— NOW NKO?

  • Nimey

    Premium Times Editor,

    There will
    be no kudos for Nigeria’s media for being flippant and frivolous and taking
    Nigeria’s economic recession as a low importance news item to be highlighted
    only at leisure.

    • Olawale Akitan

      Nimey:

      Yes O! Curse them out…those playful journalists who fiddle with routine matters whilst Nigeria burns.

      You know there’s been no single second electricity in central Lagos in the past 72 hours continuously?

      The zero megawatts Minister for Power called Raji Fashola is the worst public official Nigeria’s ever had.

  • Babrutus

    Imagine. Why have these factions reconciled?