The Ogun State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) under the leadership of Hon. Sikirulahi Ogundele has commended the move by the factional leaders of the party, Senators Ali Modu Sheriff and Ahmed Markafi to end the crisis which has been plaguing the party for some months now, saying this has proven that the PDP is one indivisible entity that is ready to re-position to take over the leadership of the country at the centre.
In a statement signed on behalf of Ogundele by the Publicity Secretary of the party in Ogun State, Alhaji Malik Olamilekan Ibitoye and made available to the media, the party Chairman said the reconciliation was long expected, but that it came at the most auspicious time.
“We are really impressed by the meeting between the foremost leaders of our great party. It is the best thing that has happened to the country at this time that she is experiencing the most difficult economic situation occasioned by directionless and ruderless leadership being provided by the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
“The PDP is now battle ready to contest the next general elections and it is certain that this is what the teeming population of the country was waiting for as our party has the solution to the myriad of problems confronting the nation at this material time. We have gone through the process of rebirth and millions of our members across the nation are ready to Change the negative change that has been fraudulently foisted on Nigerians,” the statement read.
Ogundele also enjoined the PDP in the 36 states of the federation to join hands together to move the country forward, adding that the Muhammadu Buhari-led federal government does not understand the dynamics of governance.
Ibitoye further quoted the state party chairman appealing to the leadership of state chapters of the PDP, where factions exist to borrow a leaf from the exemplary and selfless display of political maturity by leadership of the national organ of the party, and join hands to reclaim the position of the party in the country.
The statement added that the trust reposed in the party by majority of Nigerians is indisputable and that the party has put the past behind it and is set to continue from where it stopped in 2015 by the year 2019 “when we are sure that the people of Nigeria would do the needful and return us to power at the federal level and in many states of the federation.”
The two leaders of the PDP, Senators Ali Modu Sheriff and Ahmed Markafi had earlier today met at an undisclosed location where they agreed to resolve all the issues affecting the party.
At the end of the meeting, representatives of each faction had jointly addressed a press conference where they said their leaders were working together to reposition the party.
While the Secretary of the National Caretaker Committee, Senator Ben Obi represented Makarfi, Dr. Cairo Ojougboh, represented Sheriff at the briefing.
In the joint statement, which was read by Ojougboh and corroborated by Obi, the two leaders said that their meeting was without prejudice to all outstanding matters in court.
The statement said, “This is without prejudice to all outstanding matters in court. At a meeting held this morning between the two of us, a holistic review of the state of affairs of our great party, PDP, was deliberated upon.
“In reviewing the crisis that has engulfed our party since the loss of the 2015 general elections after 15 years of uninterrupted leadership at the centre, it became obvious to both of us as principal actors that it is time to heal the wounds and bring about a united, focused and constructive opposition party that can bring sanity to our democratic process.”