The Chairman of the National Caretaker Committee of the People Democratic Party (PDP), Ahmed Makarfi, has urged all the factions of the party to come together and move the party forward.
Makarfi made the pledge when addressing Members and stakeholders of the party after the Supreme Court judgment on the party’s leadership crisis delivered in favour of the committee.
He described the judgment as “no victor, no vanquished’’.
“We must be open to reconciliation, but there’s a caveat.
“Reconciliation does not mean we take what belongs to people and give it to you. It must be based on equity, equality and values.
“With this caveat, we should be prepared and willing to reconcile with everybody.
“Anybody that can meet these criteria, we should be willing and open to reconciliation with such a person no matter who they are,” Makarfi said.
He urged Sen. Ali Modu Sheriff and his camp to come and join hands with his leadership to move PDP forward.
“We should continue as friends, knowing that there are things we can do together, there may be things we may not be able to do together.
“We are willing to do everything to do everything on the foundation that I had mentioned.
“I urge them to come forward, join hands with us and let’s see how we move PDP forward.’’
Makarfi commended PDP members and the judiciary for the fair judgement, saying PDP never lost faith in the judiciary.
“This victory is not just for PDP, it’s for democracy. This affirms the powers of political parties, the powers of the convention of all political parties.
“The battle we fought was not a battle for PDP alone. It was a battle for democracy, it was a battle for supremacy of party men and women to decide their destiny.
“It is a battle to do away with dictatorship in political parties and this will never repeat itself,” he said.
He promised that the committee within the next few days would begin consultation and come up with a programme of meetings between with expanded PDP caucus
“These meetings will include Expanded Caucus, Board of Trustees and National Executive Committee so that we can take so far-reaching decisions on how to take the party forward.”
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