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Markafi Visits Sheriff's Office As They Seek Solution To PDP's Internal Problem 

The internal crisis rocking the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) since they relinquish power in May 2015 is nearing its end as the party is doing everything possible to put its house in order.

The lingering power tussle between Chairman of the National Caretaker Committee of the Party, Senator Ahmed Makarfi, and the party’s factional National Chairman, Senator Ali Modu-Sheriff, hasn’t only destabilize the party, it has also denied the country of much-needed opposition.

In an effort to realign the party, Sen. Makarfi on Tuesday, September 27, in the company of some of his aides, paid a visit to Sheriff at his office located around the Maitama District area of Abuja.

This is coming in the wake of their joint press conference last week where they promised to address thorny issues, particularly, the composition of the National Executive Committee of the party.

After the one-hour-long meeting, both men agreed that a committee would be set up before the end of the week to discuss the terms of agreement between both camps, Punch writes.

According to a source at the meeting, “We resolved our desire to find a political solution to the crisis instead of waiting for courts to impose decisions on us.

“This is because we know, as politicians, how to return to the courts to ask for one relief or the other in order to derail the party.

“We have therefore decided that each group should submit names of those who will sit to mediate in the crisis and draw up terms of agreement.”

Sheriff had initially set tough conditions for negotiations, that include him being recognised as national chairman, and also the condition that his faction nominate the chairman and majority of the members of the convention planning committee.

But he now appears to have budged and is reportedly open to a political solution as the party looks to pick up its stride.

As his spokesman, Mr. Bernard Mikko said: “Sheriff is inclined to political solutions to resolve the PDP crisis because economic depression can’t be handled by rookies.

“The All Progressives Congress has not really come to terms with governance and the members are rookies. They need serious apprenticeship to get things right.

He however warned that it won’t be business as usual, as no resolution would be sought outside the rule of law.

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