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PDP: Jonathan, IBB, Gusau facilitate Sheriff, Makarfi reconciliation moves

Former President Goodluck Jonathan, Ex- military President Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida and former National Security  Adviser, NSA who also served as Jonathan’s Minister of Defence, General Aliyu Gusau were the principal leaders who facilitated the reconciliation  moves   to unite the Ali Modu Sherif and Ahmed Makarfi factions of  Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Based on the  promptings  of the ex leaders, Sheriff reached out to Makarfi, one of aides  to  the hitherto embattled leaders said . A meeting was held between the two factional leaders  Tuesday in Abuja and  they resolved to  constitute a committee of all stakeholders to ensure a broader reconciliation within the party.

It was  after their meeting that   Senator Ben  Obi announced that  the Sheriff and Makarfi factions have agreed to  issue a joint statement

Obi who was  flanked by Dr. Cairo Ojuigho of the Sheriff faction said “We have decided to issue a joint statement. As we speak today, the PDP is back as one family.

He said further that “The two leaders will address you gentlemen of the press, will constitute a joint committee with the support of all relevant organs of the party.”

WazobiaReporters gathered  that  IBB, Jonathan and Gusau among others who facilitated the reconciliation effort have a bigger picture in mind.

The main goal is to unite the party and bring all the aggrieved PDP members including serving governors and ex governors as well as lawmakers who  left the party because of past grievances. The target appears to be  2019.

It was further learnt  one of the  former leaders who facilitated the reconciliation moves told his colleagues that the best option to ensure the realization of the bigger picture  was to encourage Makarfi and Sheriff to unite. He reasoned  that though the  law may appear to  favour Sheriff in his claim to PDP national  chairmanship, majority of the PDP stakeholders were behind  Makarfi ; so the best was forward was to get them to work together in the interest of the party.

When Makarfi and Sheriff met Tuesday, they resolved to purge themselves of any personal interest and work for  true reconciliation and the return of all the aggrieved PDP members including those who had earlier quit the party.


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