Patrick Osadebamwen, Abuja
Leadership of the two factions of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have agreed to sheath their swords and jointly work towards a peaceful resolution of their crisis.
Senator Ahmed Makarfi-led Caretaker committee and Senator Ali Modu Sheriff factions were represented at a joint press conference, where both parties in the struggle for the soul of the party said it was time to heal the wounds and bring about a united, focused and constructive opposition party.
Both Parties addressed the media Tuesday evening at Asokoro in Abuja with Senator Ben Obi, secretary of the national caretaker committee and Dr. Cairo Ojougboh deputy vice chairman of Sheriff–led faction standing for their respective chairmen.
Senators Makarfi and Sheriff met early Tuesday where they decided that for the benefit of the country and party the squabbles should be resolved to enhance a multi-party democracy.
Both parties in statement jointly signed by Senators Makarfi and Sheriff agreed to make further consultation with all relevant organs of the party; set up a joint committee that will carry out holistic reconciliation of all aggrieved segments of the party across the country and in the Diaspora as well as pursue the vision of the founding fathers of the party.
Ojougboh read the signed statement on behalf of both parties while Senator Obi affirmed the consent of the Makarfi-led faction adding that the PDP is now one.
It would be recalled that the Peoples Democratic Party suffered presidential defeat at the 2015 poll leading to the forced resignation of its chairman, Dr. Adamu Muazu.
The vacuum instigated reaction from people in the Northeast leading to the emergence of Senator Sheriff to complete the tenure of Adamu Muazu.
Leadership crises rocked the party following his unwillingness to vacate office on May 21, 2016.
Attempts to elect new leaders at both Port Harcourt convention of May 21 and August 17 failed due to legal tussle widespread disagreement within the party leaders.