The two factions in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) embroiled in a leadership struggle, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff and Senator Ahmed Makarfi, met today in Abuja agreeing to end the relentless political drama. It will be recalled that Mr. Sheriff and Mr. Makarfi have both claimed to be the legitimate Chairman of the PDP for several months. At the height of the disagreement, sponsored supporters of both men occupied the PDP secretariat. The two men today issued a joint statement assuring the public that they were working together to end the party crisis.
The full statement can be read below:
REJUVUNATING THE PDP
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:
1. Consult widely with all relevant organs of the party;
2. 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;
3. 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.
Senator Ali Modu Sheriff
Senator Ahmed Makarfi