Sher­iff, Makarfi be­gin peace talks – Ojoug­boh

Daily Trust - - INSIDE POLITICS - By Saawua Terzungwe

The im­me­di­ate past na­tional vice chair­man of the Peo­ples Demo­cratic Party (PDP) for South-South, Dr Cairo Ojoug­boh, has said sen­a­tors Ali Modu Sher­iff and Ahmed Makarfi have com­menced ne­go­ti­a­tions on how to bring peace to the party.

Sher­iff and Makarfi are lay­ing claim to the na­tional lead­er­ship of the party.

Dr Ojoug­boh, who is Sher­iff’s deputy, told news­men in Abuja, yes­ter­day, that their camp had made its terms for peace known to the Makarfi group.

“We’re, how­ever, in­sist­ing that Sher­iff re­mains the au­then­tic chair­man. The con­di­tions for truce are be­ing worked out,” he said.

He said if Sher­iff suc­ceeded in the strug­gle based on the rule of law, the out­come would deepen multi-party democ­racy in the coun­try.

Ac­cord­ing to him, “as it is now, only Sher­iff can sub­mit the names of PDP can­di­dates for the Edo and Ondo states gov­er­nor­ship elec­tions.”

Ojoug­boh also claimed that part of the prob­lems be­dev­il­ing the PDP in­clude the ma­nip­u­la­tion of the re­cently con­ducted party con­gresses by gov­er­nors in their states, say­ing Sher­iff had re­solved to re­visit the process na­tion­wide to en­sure that the party re­turned to the peo­ple at the grass­roots and not the gov­er­nors.

“We have made our terms of peace known to the two camps; im­punity must be ad­dressed in our party. Sher­iff does not want gov­er­nors to sit in their rooms and pick can­di­dates.

“It was gov­er­nors that said we are go­ing to zone the chair­man­ship to Sher­iff and I wonder what has gone wrong now. But, I can as­sure you that both camps are work­ing on truce,” he said.

Ojoug­boh also took a swipe at the spokesman of the Makarfi-led na­tional care­taker com­mit­tee, Prince Dayo Adey­eye, say­ing, “If any­one is to be ar­rested, Adey­eye should be the one for parad­ing him­self as the spokesman of an il­le­gal care­taker com­mit­tee.”

Ojoug­boh was re­act­ing to a state­ment cred­ited to Adey­eye in the me­dia, yes­ter­day, which called on the po­lice to ar­rest Sher­iff for contempt of court.

He said: “Makarfi is a gen­tle­man who can­not make such a comment; Adey­eye made the state­ment for the PDP cri­sis to con­tinue at his per­sonal gain.”

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