- Reinstated national chairman of the PDP, Ahmed Makarfi, stated that any reconciliation process in the future must be based on equity, equality and values
- Makarfi appealed to the sacked chairman of the party, Ali Modu Sheriff, along with his supporters, to partner with him in order to move the PDP forward
- According to Makarfi, the victory at the Supreme Court was not just for the PDP alone, but for democracy in general
Ahmed Makarfi, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) National Caretaker Committee chairman, has stated that his committee is open to reconciling with all aggrieved party members, but with an added caveat.
According to reports, Makarfi made his comments after the Supreme Court judgement which affirmed him as the authentic leader of the PDP.
NAIJ.com gathered that while addressing party supporters, Makarfi said a reconciliation process would strengthen the PDP for the future, but it has to come with certain conditions.
He stated: “Reconciliation does not mean we take what belongs to people and give it to you. It must be based on equity, equality and values.
“With this caveat, we should be prepared and willing to reconcile with everybody.
“Anybody that can meet these criteria, we should be willing and open to reconciliation with such a person, no matter whom they are.”
The leader of the opposition party also urged the sacked chairman of the party, Ali Modu Sheriff, along with his supporters, to partner with him in order to move the PDP forward.
Makarfi also appealed against discrimination of party members who did not belong to his own faction before the court passed its judgement.
He said: “We should continue as friends, knowing that there are things we can do together; there may be things we may not be able to do together.
“We are willing to do everything on the foundation that I had mentioned.
“I urge them to come forward, join hands with us and let’s see how we can move PDP forward.’’
“This victory is not just for PDP, it’s for democracy. This affirms the powers of political parties, the powers of convention of all political parties.
“The battle we fought was not a battle for PDP alone. It was a battle for democracy; it was a battle for supremacy of party men and women to decide their destiny.
“It is a battle to do away with dictatorship in political parties and this will never repeat itself.”
NAIJ.com previously reported that the Supreme Court on Wednesday, July 12, removed Ali Modu Sheriff as the national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), reinstating Senator Ahmed Makarfi as the authentic leader.
The five man panel of the apex court led by the chief justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen, in its judgment delivered, reinstated Makarfi who was earlier sacked by the Port Harcourt Division of the Court of Appeal, as the National Caretaker Committee chairman.
Reacting to Makarfi's victory, Sheriff stated that he was in shock over the ruling, and was waiting to be briefed by his lawyers about the situation.
This was a surprising turnaround as he had earlier congratulated Makarfi, calling on everyone to work together to move the party forward.
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