Speaking on Tuesday, the Head of the Peoples Democratic Party’s Reconciliation Committee, Prof. Jerry Gana, said Nigerians are yearning and crying for the return of the party into power.
Since the PDP lost power at the Federal level in 2015 to the All Progressive Congress (APC) after 16 years of dominance in the country’s presidential elections, the party has been embroiled in different turmoils, the most recent being the face off between Senator Ahmed Makarfi and Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, who are engaged in a legal fight over the leadership of the party.
In an attempt to resolve the crisis, the PDP Board of Trustees, led by Senator Walid Jibrin, inaugurated an 18-man reconciliation committee to unite party faithfuls.
Speaking after a meeting with factional PDP chairman, Ali Modu Sheriff, Prof. Jerry Gana stated that the committee had taken note of the problems causing disunity within the party.
“This is because Nigerians are waiting for PDP, they are missing the PDP, they are crying and yearning for PDP because the 16 years of democracy cannot be wasted away.
“We are here not as a panel, not as a court, not even as an appeal committee but from the BoT as heirs of the family. In a family there must be sometimes problems here and there but there must be re-consolidation. Where there are elders people say things don’t go wrong.
“The purpose of our being here is for this party to be strong again and be reunited. We are delighted that there have been clear resolutions on the determination and the desire that the problems be resolved, unity be re-established and for PDP to move forward.”
Ali Modu Sheriff was removed as the PDP chairman on May 21, but he still insists that the process of his removal was illegal and that he’s a valid occupant of the office till 2018. Following the resultant crisis, the unity of the party has been under serious attack and if not resolved soon, the party’s intentiom of regaining power in the 2019 election may never be possible.