PDP’s National factional Chairman, Senator Modu Sheriff, has said he is willing to negotiate with the Caretaker Committee led by Senator Ahmed Makarfi.
However, Sheriff maintained that any peaceful resolution must be in conformity to the party’s constitution.
“I am open to reconciliation. But whatever we are going to do must be grounded in the constitution of the party,” Sheriff said.
Recall that PDP has been engrossed in a leadership tussle. The party has recorded two failed national conventions.
The party leadership broke into factions – one led by Sheriff and the other by Makarfi.
The National Executive Committees set up two reconciliation committees – One led by Prof. Jerry Gana and the other by Governor Seriake Dickson.
“Dickson Committee was the one officially appointed by the party and that is the one I have confidence in.
“It is a standing committee of the party.
“We made him a chairman and it was made by everybody then, we didn’t foresee that we were going to have problems.
“The problem is that they are used to doing things the way they like.
“They can elect a national chairman today and throw him away like toilet paper tomorrow, Sheriff said.
“I think we have to reconstitute the convention committee properly.
“Thereafter, we can constitute a zoning committee that is based on the principles laid down by the party constitution.
“Our party constitution does not recognize a caretaker committee [like the Senator Makarfi led committee] at the national level,” Sheriff said.
“The constitution says when a chairman resigns, the NEC would appoint another person from the zone of the former chairman to act, pending the election of a substantive chairman.
“As long as there is no elective chairman I remain the National Chairman,” Sheriff maintained.