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PDP Crisis: I’m Ready For Peace –Sheriff

Ali-Modu-SheriffFormer National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Ali Modu Sheriff may have changed his hard stance on the leadership crisis in the party.

Sheriff, who had maintained that he still remains PDP National Chairman despite three court judgements that upheld his removal by the national convention on May 21, might have started peace moves with the Senator Ahmed Makarfiled National Caretaker Committee. Former PDP National Vice Chairman (South- South), Dr. Cairo Ojougboh, at a press conference in Abuja yesterday, said Sheriff and Makarfi groups have been discussing.

“I want to make this point clear, the caretaker committee that is represented and led by Makarfi and Sheriff-led PDP have been discussing. We have been looking for ways to make peace,” Ojougboh disclosed.

The former National Vice Chairman who has been appointed by Sheriff as his deputy, however, refused to name members of the reconciliatory committee. According to him, the Sheriff’s group has submitted its terms for peace to “the intermediary.” “We are insisting that Sheriff must be recognised as the chairman.

The condition for peace is very interesting.

There is no court judgement that can solve PDP problem,” he insisted. The former Inspector- General of Police, Mr. Solomon Arase, at a peace meeting he convened for the two warring factions, advised them to nominate four representatives each for peaceful resolution of the crisis. But Ojougboh said the current overture has nothing to do with Arase’s peace initiative.

He, however, took exception to the call by spokesperson of the PDP caretaker committee, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, for the arrest of Sheriff for contempt of court. “If anybody is to be arrested, it is Adeyeye who is making allusion that people should be arrested.

“People like Adeyeye who want this crisis to continue, have been talking anyhow; they have their own personal agenda. I know that Makarfi will not make such statement; he is a gentleman and not somebody given to such utterances, so I want to excuse him. “If such statement came from Makarfi, Sheriff would have known what to do to address it properly,” he added.

Ojougboh blamed the crisis in PDP on state governors whom, he said, wanted to hijack the party. He added that Sheriff’s insistence on returning PDP to the people was why he fell out with the governors.

“He doesn’t want only the governors to sit down in their rooms and write the names of candidates and submit. That is the root of the crisis we are having today in the PDP, and Sheriff is ready to address it.

This is the only time the chairman of the PDP is saying no to the governors. “Impunity must be addressed. Anybody who went shopping for judgement, or use state money to go and buy judgement, the person is only on his own. Ali Modu Sheriff will not be involved in such cases, and if you win such cases, we wait for you at the Appeal Court,” he concluded.

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