Sheriff, Makarfi begin peace talks – Ojougboh
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.”