The leadership battle in the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) may have finally come to an end after the Senator Ahmed Makarfi faction of the party recongised Senator Ali Modu-Sheriff as the National Chairman of the party.
This was evident on Tuesday during the submission of a report of the party’s reconciliation committee to Senator Modu-Sheriff by the chairman of the committee, Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State at the national secretariat of the party in Abuja.
It is understood that the Makarfi-led faction agreed that Modu-Sheriff should chair the convention of the party being proposed for June 30.
Speaking with newsmen after submitting the report, Governor Dickson said political solution is the best option in resolving the party’s crisis, adding that litigation would continue to cause more divisions in the party.
Answering a question on who would preside over the convention, Dickson said that the Court of Appeal judgment which upheld Modu-Sheriff as the National Chairman of the PDP had already taken care of the question.
He said: “If you go to the Appeal Court or Supreme Court and get judgment, you will still conduct a national convention, so political solution is be best option.’’
Dickson, who read out some of the recommendations, said the committee also proposed that six members of the Board of Trustees (BoT), the state chairmen of zones, and six serving speakers of the State Houses of Assembly should be included in the planning committee.
“This should also include six former governors; former presiding officers of the National Assembly who are still members of the party; six prominent women leaders.
“Others are six youth leaders; six former ministers of the party and 12 others to be nominated by the national chairman in consultation with stakeholders of the party.
“We also proposed that the convention committee shall be responsible for the conduct of the elections into all national offices of the party including the zoning of such offices,’’ Dickson said