Gov. Ayo Fayose of Ekiti has taken a hard-line stance on the reconciliation moves between factions of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), dismissing peace moves and insisting that only the courts can make an acceptable ruling.
Earlier this week, the leadership of both the Ahmed Makarfi led Interim National Executive Council and the Ali Modu Sheriff faction met in Abuja and resolved to work together towards reconciliation in order to move the party forward.
Fayose is not impressed with those moves. “Everybody must wait for Court of Appeal to resolve this matter. Matters are in court, nobody has withdrawn any matter and they are resolving. What are you resolving?” Fayose said on Thursday after a meeting of the National Economic Council at the State House in Abuja.
“When matters are in court you, allow court to lay them to rest. The moment this thing doesn’t go with one side, they will tell you were are still in court. But allow the court to take a stand and reconciliation would be made easy.
“I was not briefed. I am not the only person in the party, but I think I have a stake,” he said.
Fayose said that the only way to know who is wrong and who is right is for the court to take a stand.
Fayose’s colleague from Abia state, Okezie Ikpeazu, who also spoke to reporters after the NEC meeting took a different position. He welcomed the reconciliation moves and said it represents a victory for the opposition party and the country.
“Ultimately, I think the PDP has the resilience and what it takes to bounce back as a party,” said the Abia governor.
Ikpeazu said: “In every crisis there are downsides because nobody will wish and pray for the crisis. I think also that moment of crisis are also opportunities for strength, renewed vigor and to reinvent our vision.”