The agreement was reached on Tuesday, September 20
Senators Ali Modu Sheriff and Makarfi
There will be a sigh of relief in the camp of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), as Senators Ahmed Makarfi and Ali Modu Sheriff on Tuesday, September 20 resolved to settle their differences and work for a United Peoples Democratic Party in the interest of the country and Nigerians.
This was revealed in a statement signed by both senators, Sheriff and Makarfi. The two leaders agreed to consult with other relevant organs of the party for a final resolution of the leadership crisis that has engulfed the party for a whole now.
Dr Cairo Ojuogboh, the deputy chairman of the Sheriff faction of the PDP while addressing a joint press conference yesterday, Monday 19 evening, and the secretary of the caretaker committee Senator Ben Obi said the resolution of the crisis happened after a meeting between both senators.
The statement titled “Rejuvenating the PDP”reads thus:
“This is without prejudice to all outstanding matters in court. At a meeting held this morning between the two of us, a holistic review of the state of affairs of our great party, PDP, was deliberated upon.
“In reviewing the crisis that has engulfed our party since the loss of the 2015 general election after 15years 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 and to the benefit of our great country.
“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.
“Details of all the above will be made public soonest. “We therefore call on all party members to remain calm and refrain from any actions and utterances that could further bring about divisions or dispute the party.”
Earlier, Mr Makarfi who spoke during a press conference on Monday, September 19 in Abuja had said that the crisis in the party as a baptism, of fire noting that he has no doubt that the opposition party will come out stronger.
He said this following the insistence of the party’s factional national chairman, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff that he would only accept a peace deal that is in line with the PDP Constitution adding that there would still be need for reconciliation