Senators and members of the House of Representatives, elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), on Wednesday, gave conditions to Governor Henry Seriake Dickson-led peace committee of the party before they can support Ali Modu Sheriff-led National Working Committee (NWC).
The lawmakers who spoke through the Senate and House of Representatives PDP caucus leaders, Godswill Akpabio and Leo Ogor respectively, said they were willing to give peace a chance if the Sheriff-led faction is ready to abide by the agreement reached with Governor Dickson’s committee.
Until today, the PDP House caucus had repeatedly vowed not to support the Sheriff-led faction of the party, but instead, pledged their loyalty to Ahmed Markafi-led Caretaker Committee.
The duo spoke when Governor Dickson presented a copy of the committee’s report to the Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu at the Senate Wing of the National Assembly.
Ogor who was the first to speak on the issue, said they were ready to accept any peace initiative, but added that all the organs of the party must agree on the peace template and must be willing to abide by every agreement reached.
“I am happy that this initiative is yielding the desired results. We are not opposed to peace in the party. Nigerians are yearning for a change and only the PDP can guarantee that. We are willing to sacrifice our personal interest in the overall interest of the party,” Ogor said.
Senator Akpabio who aligned with the position of Ogor, said the PDP can still wrest power from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2019, if the current crisis rocking the party is resolved.
He said the PDP caucus in the Senate will study the contents of the report and come up with its own position on the issue.
Ekweremadu who formally accepted a copy of the report on behalf of PDP caucus in both chambers of the National Assembly, hailed Governor Dickson and added that the crisis of the party will soon be over.
He said with the current economic hardship in the country, the PDP is poised to take over power in 2019, and that Nigerians are fed up with the APC and are waiting for the PDP to resolve its crisis.
Ekweremadu said: “I want to commend the efforts of Governor Dickson-led peace committee. With this report, we are on our way out of the crisis. I call on the different organs of the party to key into this report and ensure that we solve our problems.
“In the United States of America, the Republican Party was in crisis when it went ahead to win elections the presidential election. It also won majority seats in the Senate and in the House of Representatives. PDP will win in 2019 and there is no doubt about that.”
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