Finally, Ali Modu Sheriff-led faction of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has admitted that it was prepared to set aside its differences with the Senator Ahmed Makarfi led faction for a lasting peace in the party.
The statement is coming from Prof. Wale Oladipo, National Secretary of the Sheriff faction of the party, while addressing newsmen on Thursday in Abuja.
Oladipo said some eminent Nigerians, some of whom were apolitical, had been meeting with the feuding parties with a view to resolving the lingering crisis.
He said both Sheriff and Markafi attended a peace meetings initiated by these Nigerians, adding that an agreement was reached for an amicable resolution of the crisis.
“The two leaders have agreed that a 24-man committee of committed PDP leaders and members from all over the country will be formed to chart the way forward for our party.
“This is with a view to bringing this unnecessary crisis to a stop and making sure that our party comes out of it stronger.
“Sheriff is out of the country, as soon as he comes back, himself and Makarfi will put this committee together.
“This committee will be mandated to quickly come up with a template and make PDP what it used to be with the restored vision of its founding fathers.
“We are working to selecting the 12 members that will join the other 12 to form the committee to resolve the crisis,” Oladipo said.
He further disclosed that Sheriff was in touch with his National Working Committee on the peace move from his base abroad.
“He is speaking with us and the names are being compiled; we will talk with the other side before we make anything public.
“I can assure you that we are ready,” he said.
He said that the party would ensure that there would be timeline for the peace move, adding that it would be flexible and realistic.
“It will be realistic and flexible because we want a holistic solution that can withstand the test of time”
Oladipo said that both Sheriff and Makarfi would meet and decide that, adding that the party would engage legal means to contest the outcome of the just concluded governorship poll in Edo State.