Factional National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, has blamed the Chairman, National Caretaker Committee of the party, Senator Ahmed Makarfi, for the collapse of peace talks in the troubled party.
Sheriff said he should not be held responsible for the inability of the two factions to arrive at an amicable solution to the crisis in the party.
Sheriff, a former governor of Borno State, alleged that Makarfi refused to agree on the terms of reference to the members of the proposed reconciliation committee that was to be set up last week Tuesday.
While saying he was ready to step aside as one of the conditions that would restore peace to the party, Sheriff said the former governor of Kaduna State, however, refused to agree to this condition.
Sheriff, who spoke through the Acting National Publicity Secretary of his faction, Mr. Bernard Mikko, on Tuesday, said stakeholders in the party should not hold him responsible for the collapse of the peace talks between the two factions.
He said it would be better for the two antagonists to step aside and allow neutral persons to run the party in acting capacity pending the time when substantive national officers would be elected.
He stated, “The reconciliation process appears to have relapsed due to Makarfi’s insistence not to disband its committee when Senator Ali Modu Sheriff is inclined to stepping down at the next unity convention that will usher in new executive members of the party.
“Sen. Ali Modu Sheriff is committed to resolving the leadership imbroglio in accordance with the law.”
But the spokesperson for the PDP caretaker committee, Mr. Dayo Adeyeye, disagreed with Sheriff’s allegation.
Adeyeye said Sheriff might not be saying the truth about what led to the collapse of the peace move in the former ruling party.
He said, “From the beginning, was Sheriff serious about the need to reconcile and return peace to the party?