BREAKING: PDP CRISIS ENDS AS SHERIFF, MAKARFI SIGN PEACE DEAL
The crisis in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) ended Thursday on a peaceful note with the feuding parties agreeing to sheath their swords in the interest of party unity.
National Reconciliation Committee of the PDP headed by Governor Henry Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State is said to have brokered the deal.
The party said it was time to put their differences aside and work to take back power from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2019.
In a communique signed by both the National Chairman, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff and the Ahmed Makarfi Caretaker Committee, the PDP agreed to halt the current practice of making public statements capable of further inflaming the crisis.
The communique was jointly signed Bernard Mikko, the PDP Acting National Publicity Secretary and his counterpart in the Makarfi faction, Prince Dayo Adeyeye.
Other signatories are the acting National Legal Adviser of the PDP, Dave Iorhemba and Ahmed Gulak, former Political Adviser to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan.
During the event which was witnessed by Governor Dickson and former Deputy Senate President, Ibrahim Mantu, the groups also resolved to work with the National Reconciliation Committee to put an end to the prolonged crisis.
The major actors in the matter emphasized that they would henceforth stop activities that were capable of further weakening the party.
The communique reads: “That all actors of the party should desist from making derogatory, inflammatory and divisive statements against party officials, stakeholders and members.
“That the party should not dissipate her energy amongst itself but to focus on how to unite and be a formidable opposition capable of taking over power from the failed APC led government
“That all key actors in the on-going peace process should henceforth desist from making public press statements attacking each other and statements insinuating negative acts capable of dragging the party to the mud.
“In conclusion, all key actors in the PDP have agreed to work together with the National Reconciliation Committee led by Governor Seriake Dickson to engender peace and genuine reconciliation”.