by Azeez Adeniyi
The Senate Caucus of the Peoples Democratic Party, on Wednesday rejected an invitation by National Chairman of the party, Ali Modu Sheriff.
Chairman of the caucus, Sen. Godswill Akpabio, made this known while addressing journalists shortly after a closed-door meeting of the caucus.
He said the caucus will however continue to support an out of court settlement.
“We held this meeting because there was a letter from Sen. Ali Modu Sheriff to the caucus and we had to meet first to know whether this is the right time.
“Whether the meeting is right or not, what we agreed is that the leadership meets first and thereafter we meet with the Sheriff group, the Makarfi group and the BOT.
“When this happens, we will then see whether all can come to a consensus and not just the caucus running to the party office to meet Sen. Ali Modu Sheriff. That will look like sectionalism.
“As a caucus, we believe strongly in peace and we believe in the unity of the Peoples Democratic Party so that Nigeria can have a robust democracy.
“We believe that without the PDP being strong and united, Nigeria may slide into a one party state and democracy may be in peril,’’ he said.