Factional leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party, Senators Ali Modu Sheriff and Ahmed Makarfi, met in Abuja on Tuesday and declared their resolve to settle their differences and work for a United Peoples Democratic Party in the interest of the country and Nigerians.
The meeting, which was held at an undisclosed venue in Abuja, was said to have been attended by some members from the two factions at the end of which representatives of each faction jointly addressed a press conference where they said their leaders were working together to reposition the party.
While the Secretary of the National Caretaker Committee, Senator Ben Obi represented Makarfi, Dr. Cairo Ojougboh, represented Sheriff at the briefing.
The short briefing was held at a neutral venue away from each faction’s offices, where the joint statement, read by Ojougboh and corroborated by Obi, said the two leaders meeting was without prejudice to all outstanding matters in court.
“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, 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: Consult widely with all relevant organs of the party; 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; 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,” the two leaders said in he joint statement.