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PDP Leadership Tussle: Sheriff, Makarfi Factions Settle for Reconciliation

ABUJA, NIGERIA (AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Hope of end to the Leadership crises rocking the opposition Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) emerged Tuesday as the two existing factions within the party indicated interest to find common ground.

Representatives of former Borno State Governor’s Ali Modu-Sheriff and Ahmed Makarfi’s factions at a briefing in Abuja announced that the factions have met and agreed to reach truce.

Secretary of the Makarfi-led National Caretaker Committee, former Sen. Ben Obi and Dr. Cairo Ojougboh, who represented Sheriff’s faction, addressed a joint press briefing and confirmed the development.

In a joint statement, which was read by Dr. Ojougboh and corroborated by Sen. Obi, the two factional leaders confirmed that their meeting was without prejudice to all pending cases in court on the prolonged crises.

The joint statement reads in part: “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 elections after 15 years 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”


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