The two contending People Democratic Party (PDP) factions will meet with former President Goodluck Jonathan and the governors elected on the platform of the party as part of efforts to resolve the differences in their ranks, according to a report by Thisday newspaper.
The meetings which are at the instance of the factional chairmen – Sen. Ahmed Makarfi, who leads the INEC recognised faction, and Ali Modu-Sheriff – who leads the other faction are scheduled to take place between Wednesday and Thursday. Afterwards, there will be consultative engagements with other key organs of the party including the Board of Trustees (BoT) and the party’s National Caucus.
The agenda of the meetings will basically be to brief the party’s key stakeholders on the peace terms and the understanding reached between the two factions, to solicit their support and input on the best way to achieve a lasting peace in the party.
They would also discuss plans to conduct a fresh convention to elect a national leadership for the party.
“The measures that we did not take after our defeat at the elections last year, over one year ago, is what we are going through now. Some of the people did not even understand the vision of the founding fathers of the party, that was the problem,” said Ben Obi, a former Goodluck Jonathan aide who is currently the Secretary of the PDP Caretaker Committee.
He disclosed that the meetings would also discuss issues relating to the formation of a joint peace and reconciliation committee.
“So we have reached a stage now whereby I think that we are beginning to have some understanding. Only recently, we were able to reach a point where Senators Makarfi and Sheriff met and decided that they must jointly issue a statement.
“Now the next stage is to move on in that stead. This week, we will be briefing stakeholders of the party and we will be coming up with members that will constitute a joint reconciliation committee.
“Don’t forget that you have various peace committees led by the Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson and Prof. Jerry Gana, all set up by the party to help search for peace and to reconcile the aggrieved parties.
“So by the time we explain the progress being made and how the two leaders agreed to issue a joint statement and other issues, I am sure that we will have a clearer picture of what to do next to further the peace efforts,” he said.