The embattled former Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), national Chairman, Sen. Ali Modu Sheriff was absent at the expanded reconciliatory meeting summoned by the Party’s Board of Trustees (BoT) members.
The former PDP Chairman who was at the initial meeting of the BoT in the morning held at the Transcorp Hilton, Abuja was together with Sen. Ahmed Makarfi asked to excuse the meeting.
The meeting which was earlier held by the BoT comprises of the party’s major stakeholders that include the Governors Forum, Ministers Forum, Nation assembly forum, the concerned stakeholders’ forum and the Prof. Jerry Gana’s faction represented by Sen. Ibrahim Mantu.
The secretary of the BoT who read the communique Chief Ojo Madueke declared that the meeting has resolved that all contending issues before the courts must be withdrawn to enable for a peaceful resolution of the crises to take place.
According to him, any member that failed to yield to the directive could face punitive measures by the party.
He also said that a special committee has been set-up to reach out to the ousted party chairman whom they said could not be reached to attend the second segment of the meeting.
According to him the meeting deliberated and reached agreements noting the need that all parties concerned with such contending issues take necessary steps to ensure harmony, party unity, equity, cohesiveness and justice.
He said also that the party noted also that “at this point, the most important consideration for the party is party unity and this must not be compromised”.
“Noting also that the Peoples Democratic Party held its national convention duly convened on the 21st of May in Port Harcourt, and while this was taken place, a group of concerned and
highly respected leaders of our party, held another meeting in Abuja on the same day, and at this two fora, far reaching decisions were taken, and arising from this, there have been some fundamental disagreements among some of our leaders and some members of our party, which normal in a strong robust party”.
“Noting that the BoT of our party has been in regular consultation with all organs of our party, and the BoT being the organ of the party that was established as the conscience of the party was vested with the powers to be the custodian of all assets of the party, and is suited to play a mediator role in a stalemate situation such as this to restore, peace, order and tranquility in the party, accordingly the combined meeting of both the BoT, and the expanded meeting with the governors’ forum, the NASS Forum, the former Ministers Forum and concerned Stakeholders’ Forum, decided as follows:
“To immediately engage all groups, party leaders and members involved in whatever disputes towards a just and lasting amicable resolution of all contending issues, and that the BoT will therefore preside over the processes of major reconciliation in our party”.
“In the light of that, the meeting agrees that all the various contending groups are being supported, and indeed have agreed to work together and to support the decisions reached at the National convention as such a high powered committee is to be set up to ensure speedy resolution and reconciliation of all contending issues”.
“It was also agreed that the National Caretaker Committee of the party, ably led by former governor and Senator, Ahmed Makarfi and Senator Ben Obi involves members of the Concerned Stakeholders’ Forum for effective integration off all points and views”.
“Another committee has also been set up to meet with former National Chairman, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff in the spirit of working together and resolving all outstanding issues”.
“All matters that are in court, the parties have been advised, because of extant regulation of our party’s decision, that no matter should come to court without first going through internal party mechanism”.
“That all cases in court be withdrawn immediately as an indication of good faith and commitment to party discipline and party unity, the various parties are also expected to make a commitment to maintain peace and an undertaken not to resort to external agencies to meddle with what is solely internal party affair”.
The meeting comprised of the members of the party’s BoT, Sen Ahmed Makarfi and Ben Obi; Sen. Ibrahim Mantu and Prof. Adeniran, Hon. Tanimu Turaki and host of others.