PDP Reconcile With Offenders, Offers Sheriff ‘Amnesty’
All hail the Supreme Court verdict to PDP, for the hope brought upon Nigerians who still believe they are the Hope to the Nation.
Barely 24 hours after the Supreme Court ended the leadership crisis in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) by declaring Ahmed Makarfi as the authentic chairman, the party has begun a move to reconcile all members.
Many had probably given up on PDP due to the outcome of it long-time fraction it suffer, however the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday is however willing to move forward, ahead of what their past was, as Ahmed Makarfi the authentic chairman to the party has begun a move to reconcile all members.
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The first reconciliatory step was the granting of amnesty to its former chairman and factional leader, Ali Modu Sheriff, and his supporters yesterday by the National Caretaker Committee of the party and his supporters yesterday by the National Caretaker Committee of the party.
At a press briefing in Abuja, the Makarfi-led caretaker committee stated that it had resolved not to sanction Sheriff for the role he played in the party’s crisis because of the need to bring all members on board.
The Spokesman for the Caretaker Committee, Dayo Adeyeye, who briefed the press, said the crisis was a very agonising experience which the party would not want to suffer again.
He said that although the Supreme Court held that the caretaker committee has powers to take any decision for the party, it had decided to extend hands of peace and cooperation to Sheriff and his loyalists.
“Our hands are fully extended to Sheriff and his loyalists. We want to give them full embrace. We won’t draw any battle line. It is normal for parties to have crises. We have granted a general amnesty to everybody, particularly on offences committed before and during this crisis. We will only punish people for fresh offences. We want all to come in. There will be no sanctions. We are even extending our hands to those who have left the party.”
On how the PDP would handle the crises in many of its state chapters, Adeyeye said: “We will do justice to all. There are people illegally occupying some seats now in the states. But we are going to do justice. We also appeal to all those who have cases in court at state levels to withdraw them. Nigerians are now happy with us because the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has become a monumental disaster.”
Adeyeye boasted that the 2019 election would be a walkover for the PDP. “They will now see virile opposition. We have given them two full years without opposition, we will bring out the evils of this government,” he said
In a reaction yesterday, Sheriff outlined issues that would form the basic talking points in the search for genuine reconciliation in the party.
The Spokesman of his faction, Bernard Mikko, stated that although it was shocked by the outcome of the Supreme Court judgment, it was still waiting to study the full copy of the written verdict.
Sheriff maintained that the institutionalisation of internal democracy remains the irreducible basic demand of his group for their future with PDP, adding that impunity and all manner of imposition must be done away with if the party would forge ahead in unity and strength.