PDP: We haven’t reached a political solution – Makarfi faction
The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP has dismissed a media report that the party faction has reached a political solution.
This was disclosed on Friday morning by the Makarfi-led faction of the party.
According to the communique, the agreement reached was to halt further media attack that could give further power to the ruling party, All Progressives Congress ahead of 2019 general election.
PDP said that the cease fire called by the govenror of Bayelsa State, Henry Seriake Dickson has nothin to do with the Appeal before the Supreme Court of Nigeria against the Court of Appeal Judgment of February 17, 2017.
The party said “The attention of the National Caretaker Committee led by Senator Ahmed Makarfi, CON, has been drawn to some publication in the news media misinforming the public that the parties have reached a ‘political solution’. This is not true and we wish to state that the agreement signed yesterday before the Governor Dickson’s Reconciliation Committee was only to stop further media attacks on officers elders and other stakeholders of the PDP across the internal political divide.
“For the record, the agreement was not a POLITICAL SOLUTION but rather an understanding reached urging representative of “the key actors” from both groups not to dissipate energy amongst themselves but to focus on how to unite as a formidable force capable of re-gaining power from the failed All Progressive Congress (APC) led government in the 2019.
“The agreement also implore both parties to desist from making public derogatory remarks against each other that could cause inflammatory reactions capable of dragging the Party to the mud.
“It is instructive to note that the National Caretaker Committee and all the organs of the Party are working hard with the Reconciliation Committee ably led by the Governor of Bayelsa State, Hon. Henry Seriake Dickson with other stakeholders to reach a lasting political solution. However, this effort is without prejudice to the Appeal before the Supreme Court of Nigeria against the Court of Appeal Judgment of February 17, 2017.”
Since the defeat in the general election, the PDP has been divided against itself between Makarfi and Sheriff, creating the doubt that they may not be able to challenge the APC in 2019.