The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Solidarity Group from Kaduna state on Wednesday, urged the party’s National Working Committee to explore peaceful resolution, through genuine dialogue to end the party’s leadership crisis.
Mr David Kajid, leader of the group made the call during a courtesy visit on Sen. Ali Modu Sheriff, National Chairman of the party in Abuja.
Kajid said dialogue remained the only means to deflate the anger of the members of the party caught in the crisis net.
He said that approach, when properly explored, would help to restore the needed peace required by the party to serve the nation optimally.
“We have discovered that the accusation leveled against the current NWC under your able leadership is unfounded and baseless.
“On the contrary, those who desire to sabotage the party from within and abandon it are more deserving of this accusation.
“However, we urge the leadership to eschew bitterness and explore peaceful resolution through genuine dialogue to bring the crisis to an end forthwith,’’ he said.
Kajid, who expressed the group’s loyalty to Sheriff, said the NWC had so far demonstrated an uncommon respect for the rule of law and love for the party. “The absence of this uncommon virtue could have put our party in greater jeopardy,’’ Kajid said.
The National Chairman expressed delight on the group’s genuine concern for the party to return to the path of peace and progress. Sheriff, therefore, urged all stakeholders in the party to join him in repositioning the party.
“I want to make it clear that in the Appeal Court’s judgment, there was no winner or loser. We belong to one umbrella, which is the symbol of our great party.
“ I pledge to carry everybody along and I am willing to work with everybody to achieve the needed peace. We are still open to dialogue.
Newsmen report that PDP remains factionalised in spite the decision of the Court of Appeal, Port Harcourt which upheld Sheriff as the party’s National Chairman.
The Ahmed Makarfi’s Caretaker Committee of the party glues to its mandate to midwife the party, pending the election of a new leadership through the instrumentality of the party National Convention. This group has vowed to challenge the decision of the court at the Supreme Court.
Meanwhile, some Chieftains of the party, including ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, had advised on out-of –court settlement of the crisis.