PDP National Leadership Caucus Meets over Makarfi, Sheriff Face-off

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By Onyebuchi Ezigbo in Abuja

In a bid to resolve the crisis rocking the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the leaders of the party will today meet with concerned and aggrieved members.

The intervention which is coming under the auspices of the national caucus of the party, would see the PDP Governors’ Forum  meeting at the Ondo State Governor’s lodge today in Abuja while the National Assembly Caucus and Board of Trustees (BoT) of the party will also be engaging the Makarfi-led caretaker committee and the Sheriff group.

Making this known yesterday, the Director General of PDP Governors’ Forum, Osaro Onaiwu, said the agenda of the meeting is to resolve the crisis rocking the party.

He added that a decision would also be taken on the forthcoming Edo State governorship election.

Onaiwu said: “The leaders of the party, the Governors’ Forum, National Assembly Caucus, BoT, Makarfi group and Sheriff group will meet tomorrow (today) to address the issue in the party. We want to resolve the crisis in party once and for all. We want to find lasting solution to the party. All parties involved are invited for this meeting. The forthcoming Edo State election will also be addressed.”

The latest crisis began at the party national convention held in Port Harcourt on May 21, where Sheriff was sacked as the national Chairman, the party constituted a caretaker committee headed by former Kaduna State Governor, Ahmed Makarfi, to head the party for a period of three months.

Dissatisfied with this development, Sheriff had gone to challenge the action of the party, a situation that led to the party national secretariat to be sealed off by armed police men for about nine days before it was reopened last week.