PDP Crisis: Govs Withdraw From Reconciliation Process


Indications have emerged that the reconciliation process within the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) may be heading for a fresh deadlock.

This follows the sudden cancellation of the inauguration of much anticipated PDP Reconciliation Committee, which was billed to hold yesterday at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja by 4:00pm.

The committee, if inaugurated, would have signaled a major step in cementing a peace process  between the aggrieved former national chairman, Sen. Ali Modu Sheriff, his faction and the Sen. Ahmed Makarfi-led Caretaker Committee’s faction.

Both leaders had met last month and vowed to put an end to their differences. Subsequently both camps had agreed to setup a reconciliation committee of 28 members, comprising 14 persons from both camps to smoothen the peace process.

But indications that yesterday’s crucial gathering would be canceled emerged after PDP governor’s pulled out of the peace process.

It was gathered that the governors expressed reservations over the reconciliation with Sheriff citing his insistence on Jimoh Ibrahim as candidate in the Ondo governorship election as against Hon Eyitayo Jegede, who emerged under the platform of Makarfi’s leadership.

It was also learnt that the governors were miffed that Sheriff would inaugurate a parallel party executive for Delta State, despite the existence of a substantive party executive in the state.

It further gathered that Sheriff was yet to submit the list of his 14 members to form the 28 members peace reconciliation committee ahead of the inauguration yesterday.

A source from the governors, who pleaded anonymity while speaking  with some newsmen said, “This was not our agreement. Look at what is happening in Delta State PDP, inaugurating parallel executive and look at what is happening in Ondo, the man is coming out with a different candidate for the state governorship election.


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