PDP Crisis: Sheriff Ready To Dialogue With Makarfi

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The factional Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Ali Modu-Sheriff, said he was ready to return to negotiating table with the Ahmed Makarfi-led faction.

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He, however, stressed that the Makarfi-faction must be willing to make peace for that to happen.

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Mr. Sheriff stated this when he received some members of the PDP in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), who paid him solidarity visit on Wednesday in Abuja.

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Mr. Sheriff said he had on several occasions tried to resolve the party crisis with the Makarfi faction.

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He said he suggested that both the Caretaker Committee and his National Working Committee be dissolved, to give way for a new independent leadership.

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“I have made several peace moves but the caretaker committee has refused to agree.

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“We have therefore resigned our fate to the decision of their Lordships of the Court of Appeal and Supreme Courts.

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“However, we are ready to return to the negotiation table today, if Sen. Makarfi sees reason to do so,’’ he said.

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Mr. Sheriff said he was committed to returning the party to the grassroots in spite of the “several blackmail” he had been receiving.

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“Our task is to return the party to the grassroots.

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“To this end, we shall continue to review all the states chapters that are affected before the Convention.

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“We are discussing with key stakeholders willing to return to the party and we are making steady progress,” he said.

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Mr. Sheriff added that if the talks would yield positive result, the party would hold its national convention in the first quarter of 2017 to elect new leaders.

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“Hopefully, we shall conduct a free and fair convention in the first quarter of 2017.

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“In the cause of the last six months, we have worked assiduously to reposition our great party, the PDP, through harnessing of the enormous potential of the party at the grassroots.

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