The factional leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Ahmed Makarfi and Ali Modu Sheriff have agreed to make peace in order to move the party forward.
The PDP has been experiencing a leadership crisis since attempts to remove Sheriff from the office of chairman in May failed.
Sheriff and Makarfi disclosed the decision via a joint statement released on Tuesday, September 20.
The statement reads:
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 election after 15years 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.
Based on the above, we have both agreed to: Consult widely with all relevant organs of the party; Set up a joint committee that will carry out a holistic reconciliation of all aggrieved segments of our party across the country and in Diaspora; Pursue the vision of the founding fathers of our great party.
Details of all the above will be made public soonest. We therefore call on all party members to remain calm and refrain from any actions and utterances that could further bring about divisions or dispute in the party.