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PDP Hosts Peace Conference To Settle Crisis

Patrick Osadebamwen, Abuja

As a way forward to resolving the crises that has rocked the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), an all embracing stakeholder’s conference has been slated for Thursday, July 14th, 2016 by the Sen. Ahmed Makarfi-led National Caretaker Committee.

The event, which would take place at the Yar’Adua Center, will afford all parties within the party to discuss the problems and find a lasting solution to the crisis the party has suffered since its Port Harcourt convention.

Makarfi, who also received a delegation of PDP leaders from the Northwest and led by Ambassador Musa Kazaure zone maintained that political solution was the way out of resolving the PDP crisis.

He noted while legal solution may be necessary himself and his team are not averse to a political solution so that the party can move forward.

Makarfi said: “so far all legal intervention has been in favour of the decisions of the Portharcourt national convention. That is not to say that the job is finished. In the past I have said severally that the path of peace and reconciliation is the best path.

“Litigation can resolve issues on legal grounds but not between brothers and sisters.

“We will never foreclose that window, even if the legal issue terminates at this stage. If the legal issue continues we will not foreclose the window of reconciliation.

“Having said that, I assure you that we will work very hard to do the needful.

“I don’t want to talk too much on what we want to do because we are yet to be in full comfort zone. Gods willing we will deliver to the satisfaction of PDP members,” the former governor of Kaduna state stated.

Earlier in their submission, Kazaure said the zonal leaders comprising of zonal executives and state chairmen of the Party in the North east zone came to pledge their unalloyed support to the caretaker committee being led by their son. Senator Ahmed Makarfi.

Meanwhile, ousted chairman of the party, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, has lampooned the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for rejecting Hon. Mathew Iduoriyekemwen, as candidate of the party to the Edo State governorship election.

Iduoriyekemwen was winner of a primary election conducted by Sheriff. INEC had accepted Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu as PDP candidate.

Speaking through the former National Vice chairman South-South, Cairo Ojougboh, Sheriff said INEC cannot ignore the Court Order that demand it to accept candidates for Edo and Ondo state from the PDP led by him.

The embattled chairman called on all party members to be calm and urged the Edo state gubernatorial candidate to go about his campaign vigorously so ensure the PDP emerges winner in the September election.

Sheriff said this when he received a group of youth under the Aegis of South-South Young Professionals for Good Governance.

Rex Ben Ebede, President of the group presented Awards to Cairo who also received on behalf of the chairman and himself.

According to Cairo, “We hear a rumor making the rounds that INEC has accepted another person as candidate if PDP for Edo state governorship election

“I hereby dispel the rumor and categorically state that INEC has not yet communicated to us. INEC is still considering all judgments and orders of the court. As we speak, the orders of federal high court Abuja specifically asked INEC to recognize only candidates presented by Ali Modu Sheriff as national chairman of the party.

“The court in Port Harcourt is not superior to the court in Abuja. And as such cannot reverse the specific orders of the Abuja court ruling that INEC can only accept PDP candidates from Sheriff leadership for purposes of Edo and Ondo governorship elections.

“In view of the above I calm on all our PDP members o remain calm and call on our candidate Hon Mathew Iduoriyekemwen to go ahead and campaign vigorously and seriously to win the election in Edo State,” maintaining that the Sheriff camp of the PDP is the genuine.

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