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PDP offers Sheriff ‘amnesty’, gives quit notice to APC

Posted: 14 July, 2017 at 12:34 pm
PDP offers Sheriff ‘amnesty’, gives quit notice to APC
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Barely a day after the Supreme Court ended the leadership crisis in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) by declaring Ahmed Makarfi as the authentic chairman, the party has begun a move to reconcile all members.

The defeated Ali Modu Sheriff, and his supporters yesterday were given Amnesty by the National Caretaker Committee of the party.

At a press briefing in Abuja, the Makarfi-led caretaker committee stated that it had resolved not to sanction Sheriff for the role he played in the party's crisis because of the need to bring all members on board.

The Spokesman for the Caretaker Committee, Dayo Adeyeye, who briefed the press, said the crisis was a very agonising experience which the party would not want to suffer again.

Our hands are fully extended to Sheriff and his loyalists. We want to give them full embrace.

We won't draw any battle line. It is normal for parties to have crises. We have granted a general amnesty to everybody, particularly on offences committed before and during this crisis.

We will only punish people for fresh offences. We want all to come in. There will be no sanctions. We are even extending our hands to those who have left the party.

On how the PDP would handle the crises in many of its state chapters, Adeyeye said:

We will do justice to all. There are people illegally occupying some seats now in the states. But we are going to do justice.

We also appeal to all those who have cases in court at state levels to withdraw them. Nigerians are now happy with us because the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has become a monumental disaster.

Adeyeye boasted that the 2019 election would be a walkover for the PDP.

They will now see virile opposition. We have given them two full years without opposition, we will bring out the evils of this government
, he said

In reaction yesterday, Sheriff outlined issues that would form the basic talking points in the search for genuine reconciliation in the party.

The Spokesman of his faction, Bernard Mikko, stated that although it was shocked by the outcome of the Supreme Court judgment, it was still waiting to study the full copy of the written verdict.

Meanwhile, ahead of the 2019 poll, the PDP caucus in the House of Representatives has issued the President Muhammadu Buhari- led APC a notice to start preparing to leave power.

House Minority Leader, Leo Ogor, who briefed reporters at the end of the caucus meeting noted that going by events in the last two years, as far as governance was concerned, the Aso Rock seat of government would surely be vacant in 2019.

He expressed optimism that Nigerians can now make informed judgement that the PDP-led administration was far better than the APC government in terms of achievements of both parties.

There is vacancy in Aso Rock in 2019. It is an earlier quit notice that they should start packing their loads because we are moving in after our reorganisation
Ogor said.

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