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Makarfi ‘PDP shall rise and fly,’ Chairman says

Makarfi made the comment on Monday, September 19 while speaking to journalists at a news briefing in Abuja.

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Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) caretaker committee chairman, Ahmed Makarfi.

(Aderonke Bamidele)

The Chairman of the National Caretaker Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Ahmed Makarfi has said that the party will survive the current crisis and emerge better than before.

The PDP has been suffering a leadership crisis since May 2016 when attempts to remove Ali Modu Sheriff from the position of chairman failed.

Makarfi made the comment on Monday, September 19 while speaking to journalists at a news briefing in Abuja.

“Not only shall we rise and run, we shall rise and fly. We are doing everything possible.  Even if you are victorious in court, you still need to come home and do reconciliation.  So, it is better if we can achieve that before instead of leaving it to litigation to settle down," he said.

“We are not representing ourselves. Whatever the party wants, we will do. We don’t have personal interest in this matter. We listen to the opinions of the overwhelming members of the PDP.

“Reconciliation is something you talk less about. Because certain action being taken if you talk about, it you will indirectly be undermining the process. We are open to the reconciliation.

“There must be flexibility when you are talking of reconciliation. And of course the overwhelming views of majority of the members, even whoever you may classify as minority cannot also be ignored, you must make concession here and there and I believe that the party is ready to do that. But that will be the basis of rational and reasonable demands,” he added.

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Sheriff has insisted that he remains a valid occupant of the chairmanship seat till 2018.

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