PDP pledges to grant amnesty to Sheriff faction

Chairman, PDP Caretaker Committee, Sen Ahmed Makarfi, speaking to party faithful, at the PDP Secretariat after the supreme court upheld his position as the authentic leader of the party in Abuja on Wednesday (12/7/17). With him are Gov. Ayo Fayose of Ekiti State (L) and former Special Adviser to the President on Inter-party Affairs, Sen Ben Obi 
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Chairman, PDP Caretaker Committee, Sen Ahmed Makarfi, speaking to party faithful, at the PDP Secretariat after the supreme court upheld his position as the authentic leader of the party in Abuja on Wednesday (12/7/17). With him are Gov. Ayo Fayose of Ekiti State (L) and former Special Adviser to the President on Inter-party Affairs, Sen Ben Obi 03482/12/7/2017/Ernest Okorie/ICE/NAN

The Chairman of the National Caretaker Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, said on Thursday in Abuja that the party’s leadership tussle was a “hard battle.”

The committee’s spokesperson also announced that ‘amnesty’ would be granted to the Sheriff faction of the party.

Mr. Makarfi spoke when he received a delegation of the PDP former ministers forum led by its chairman, Taminu Turaki, who paid him a courtesy visit.

He, however, said that the outcome of the battle as decided by the Supreme Court was sweet and good, not only for PDP members, but also for Nigerians generally.

The Supreme Court had validated Mr. Makarfi’s leadership chosen from a 2016 national convention and annulled Ali Sheriff’s claim as chairman of the opposition party.

“It is a victory for all political parties because the issue of convention was involved and the Supreme Court upheld the power of the convention,” he said.

He recalled that the party`s leadership crisis erupted after its convention in Port Harcourt in 2016.

He said that through it, the PDP had paid the price of democracy for other political parties.

Mr. Makarfi further said that committees would be set up to resolve some issues in the party`s South-West chapter as well as interact with the Ali Sheriff faction and other stakeholders.

“We will leave the room open. Sheriff accepted the judgment going by what I read in the media.”

He urged party members who had defected to the All Progressives Congress and the newly found political parties to return to the PDP fold.

Mr. Turaki had earlier congratulated Mr. Makarfi, his caretaker committee members and all PDP members on the victory at the Supreme Court.

He said the party must look inward, learn from its past mistakes and ensure that things were done in a transparent manner going forward.

He stressed that there must be plain ground for all party members to explore, adding that its leadership must adopt an all-inclusive process.

Dayo Adeyeye, the National Publicity Secretary of PDP National Caretaker Committee, had earlier said that the party would grant amnesty to Mr. Sheriff and his loyalists.

He described Mr. Sheriff as “a monumental distraction, who created a painful and agonising period for the party” and advised him and his supporters to desist from committing fresh offence.

“Our hands are extended to all those on the other side; we will grant general amnesty to everybody; we have declared no victor, no vanquished.

“We want to give them full embrace and cooperate with them,” he said.

On the Osun West Senatorial election, Mr. Adeyeye said it was the cooperation of both sides that led to PDP victory.

He added that the party would have won in Edo and Ondo states, if its members had cooperated.

Therefore, he appealed to those who had cases in court to withdraw such cases.

Mr. Adeyeye said that the PDP would provide virile opposition to the APC as the country prepares for 2019 general elections.


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  • Patrick Otobo

    Good beginning! By the grace of God, the days of APC (All Promises Cancelled Party) are numbered!

  • Frank Bassey

    God used Sheriff to strengthen PDP, Devil used him to put APC into perpetual oblivion.

  • Nta Ekeng

    If PDP knows what is good for the party, and to prove that wise men still remain in the party, to expel Ali Modu Sherif is the task that must be accomplished before anything is done. Stop celebration of Supreme Court Judgement’s victory and hit the ground running by reorganising PDP. Weed off all treacherous elements. Set up the political military wing and en power the youth wing of the party. Transparency, Honesty of purpose for true Federalism to be the party’s new motto. Time is too short, no monkey business. Nigerians wish PDP well.

  • Adele Uhuru

    These Hausa Fulani people anything you get involved in will turn into a pile of crap or some form of warfare – they know no peace- they are prune to destruction look at the state that this Sheriff came from it is in a constant state of destruction, that tells you what he brings to the table but these moronic theiving Southern politician will run to him again and grant him access to high office and what the same situation play it self out again……