PDP: IBB, Gusau Settle Sheriff, Makarfi’s Rift

By Ola Adeola

A report has linked former military president Ibrahim Babangida and ex-national security adviser General Aliyu Gusua (retd.) to a truce reached between warring Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, leaders, Ali Modu Sheriff and Ahmed Makarfi.

According to NATION, ‘indications’ emerged Sheriff and Makarfi will nominate representatives for a reconciliation committee on Monday.

Part of the deal brokered by Babangida and Gusau will see Sheriff-led NWC stay in office till 2017.

“Actually, Gusau has been playing a pivotal role. He facilitated the preliminary talks and understanding between Sheriff and Makarfi.

“The two warring factions have set a template bordering only on the resolution of the crisis in PDP. The intervention of the founding fathers has led to the building of a consensus to put the crisis behind us”, the report quoted a source as saying.

“Besides the Sheriff factor, we have discovered that some PDP governors are not on the same page with Makarfi’s Caretaker Committee.

“If there was no intervention by these elders, the crisis would have taken a deeper dimension”, the source reportedly added.

Sheriff and Makarfi are locked in an acrimonious battle for the soul of the PDP. Both men carrying on as factional chairman – Sheriff- and national caretaker committee chairman – Makarfi – have claimed either is the authentic leader of the troubled party. The division is further accentuated by various conflicting court rulings favouring either of Sheriff and Makarfi at different times.

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