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People Democratic Party (PDP) governors have disagreed on the peace move announced by the two factions of the party led by Senator Ahmed Makarfi and Senator Ali Sheriff.
LEADERSHIP recalls that at a joint press conference by the National Caretaker Committee of the party led by Senator Makarfi and the Senator Sheriff faction, they had announced their resolved to reunite the party to enable it to perform its role as a viable opposition platform.
Governors Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State and Ayo Fayose of Ekiti State at separate interviews with State House correspondents at the Presidential Villa, Abuja after National Economic Council (NEC) meeting gave their views on the reconciliation move.
Governor Ikpeazu, who described it as a step in the right direction stated that at the end of the day, the new reconciliation move will be a victory for the party and Nigeria.
He was of the view that the long period of the crisis had taken a toll on the party, he noted that it had also provided it with new opportunities to become stronger.
He said: “In every crisis there are downsides because nobody will wish and pray for crisis. I think also that moment of crisis are also opportunities for strength, renewed vigor and to reinvent our vision.
“So, ultimately, I think the PDP has the resilience and what it takes to bounce back as a party.”
On how to secure the support of its founding fathers and others who may have left the party, he said the party will work to bring everybody back on board.
He added: “There is no doubt that party politics everywhere involves everybody whether you are a founding father or a new member. Political party is built around people and everybody has equal stake.
“Our interest is Nigeria. Therefore, all strata of people, opinion I think will be put into consideration because they are equally important.”
On the role of PDP state governors in the resolution of the crisis, he said “The important thing is Nigeria and the important thing is democracy. Whether you are a BoT member or a party person, it doesn’t really matter. PDP Governors Forum is not political party.”
On his part, Governor Fayose disagreed with him over the new peace move, saying that it will not work unless ruled on by the Appeal Court.
He said the governors have not been consulted while the cases in court have not been withdrawn.
According to him : “That move, you see, I’m not against anything called resolution within the party but 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?
“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’m not against anybody reconciling with each other but when you see that meeting, ask the coverners if governors were briefed.
“I was not briefed. I am not the only person in the party but I then I have a stake.”
On whether the cases in court cannot be withdrawn during reconciliation, he replied: “Let’s wait till then. But my opinion is the Court of Appeal must resolve this matter.
“When you resolve the matter, you know that I am wrong and I you are right and reconciliation will be made easy.”He added.