Hope rises for PDP as Makarfi, Sheriff factions agree to ceasefire
By Titus Agbo
The woes of the embattled Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) following a protrated leadership crisis may soon be over as the two factions loyal to the National Chairman, Senator All Modu Sheriff and Senator Ahmed Makarfi led National Caretaker Committee have agreed to a ceasefire plan. This development followed Thursday’s meeting of the groups with Bayelsa State Governor and the Chairman of the party reconciliation committee Hon. Seriake Dickson in Abuja. Sheriff, the National Chairman of the party, was represented by Ahmed Gulak, Bernard Mikko and Cairo Ojougboh, Makarfi, while the Chairman of PDP National Caretaker Committee, Ahmed Makarfi was represented by Prince Dayo Adeyeye and Rt. Hon Dave Iorhemba.
The main agreement reached requires all actors to “desist from making derogatory, inflammatory and divisive statements against party officials, stakeholders and members.”
Other details included: “That the party should not dissipate her energy amongst itself but to focus on how to unite and be a formidable opposition capable of taking over power from the failed APC led government.
“That all key actors in the on-going peace process should henceforth desist from making public press statements attacking each other and statements insinuating negative acts capable of dragging the party to the mud.”
Under the guidance of Governor Dickson who chaired the meeting, both factions agreed “to work together with National Reconciliation Committee led by Governor Seriake Dickson to engender peace and genuine reconciliation.”