PDP crisis lingers, ‘Peace Committee’ rejected

There’s yet to be an end in sight for the leadership crisis rocking the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as both the National Caretaker Committee Chairman, Ahmed Markafi, and sacked national chairman of the party, Ali Modu Sheriff, are not ready to sheathe their swords.

Even after the Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase, waded into the crisis by setting up a Peace Committee, both men are yet to nominate members for the committee.

According to Punch Newspapers, the stakeholders within the Markafi group had resisted the idea.

A source privy to the situation told the paper that, “It was rejected outright.”

“How can we who enjoy the backing of more than 99.99 per cent of our party members negotiate our mandate? The people who brought Sheriff in the first place have come out to say go, your tenure has expired thank you but he wants to stay put you want us to negotiate on what terms?”

Speaking on the issue, former PDP National Vice Chairman (South South), Cairo Ojougboh, said Sheriff should be chairman of the committee since he was pronounced so by an Abuja High Court.

“I have always said no one can take it all. All of our members be they the concerned members led by Prof. Tunde Adeniran, Jerry Gana and Ibrahim Mantu must be part of the solution to our problems.”

“The governors’ group led by Makarfi now, must be part of the solution; the Sheriff group must be part of it.”

Dapo Adeyeye the spokesperson for the national caretaker committee, said the committee was still making consultations on the peace committee set up by the IGP.

“We are consulting. Remember, all the constitutionally-recognised organs of the party including the BoT, the Caucus, and our governors and so on set up this committee and we were given a mandate.”

On his part, the Media Adviser to Sheriff, Inuwa Bwala, said, “We have not submitted any names. While we welcome all party members who are ready to work with us to rebuild the party, Sheriff is one man who holds the rule of law in high regards.”

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