PDP peace talks hindered as factions insist on positions

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The mouthed peace talk to resolve the crisis in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), may not hold anytime soon, due to struggle for who should be identified as the authentic leader of the party.
While the Ali Modu Sheriffl group gave recognition of Sheriff as the authentic leader of the party as part of its conditions for peace talk, the Ahmed Makarfi group is insisting that the recent judgement by a Federal High Court in Port Harcourt declaring Makarfi as leader of the party, should form the pedestal under which negotiation for peace will hold.
In a report on Sunday, the Special Adviser (Media) to Sheriff, Mr. Inuwa Bwala said, “The fact which has not changed is that as at today, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff is the National Chairman of our great party the PDP.
“He is ready to receive all party members who due to one reason or another were mislead into going somewhere else. While the cases in court are still on, we are not opposed to a reasonable political solution.”
In like manner, the Publicity Secretary of the Makarfi-led Committee, Dayo Adeyeye said, “The issue is very clear, it was Sheriff and a few party members who rebelled against the party. What we have said and have continued to say is that, they should sheath their swords and come back home.
“Our doors have always been open, they should come to the negotiating table and let’s talk. There is really no reason to continue to drag this matter.”
It is important to note also, that none of these group had accepted to withdraw the pending court cases, but have continued to beckon on the other to accept being the prodigal son for peace to reign in the party.
So the power tussle threatening the continuous existence of the party may go on unabated, at least for another lengthy period of time.
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