*Makarfi: We’ll ensure reconciliation on legality, justice ….It’s new dawn -Ekweremadu
* Judgement in tandem with the wishes of party members – Ex-Ministers
OBIORA IFOH, Abuja
In its immediate reaction to the Supreme Court Judgment which upheld the Ahmed Makarfi-led National Caretaker Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the party has declared a no victor, no vanquished position.
It also announced that efforts would be made to enthrone a true and geniune reconciliation that would be based on fairness, justice and legality.
Addressing a crowd of members which gathered at the Wadata Plaza National Secretariat of the PDP yesterday, Makarfi said that the reconciliation would not mean denying people positions that are legally theirs.
Makarfi himself had led a team of party loyalist from the Supreme Court premises straight to the Wadata secretariat.
The team include Professor Jerry Gana, Ekiti State governor, Ayo Fayose, former Jigawa governor, Sule Lamido, Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu and many others.
According to Makarfi, “We had always known that ultimately justice will be done.”
He stated that this victory for democracy and indeed that “the battle we fought is not just for PDP but for Nigeria and Nigerians”
He also said the judgment restored hope for democracy because the whole of Nigerians have been waiting for it.
Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu who also accompanied the Makarfi team to the PDP secretariat, said the Supreme Court judgment ushers in a new dawn of peace, reconciliation, and recovery for the party.
He said: “I am happy that the Supreme Court has brought this protracted leadership tussle to an end today. There is no victor and there is no vanquished, but a collective victory for our party and the nation’s democracy. No democracy can prosper in the absence of a virile opposition or under the extreme hardship Nigerians have faced over the past two years. Citizens deserve a viable alternative.
“The ruling party has indeed profited from the prolonged power contest, not just in terms of defections, but also in the unchallenged degeneration of democratic values, rule of law, electoral practice, and the economy because the PDP has been too distracted to keep them on their toes.
He continued: “But, it is heartwarming that calm is returning after the storm. I salute millions of our party faithful and Nigerians who stood firm to weather the storm for their courage and loyalty, and sincerely appeal to those who left for one reason or the other to return to our big political family.
“Importantly, I call on our party leadership and elders to immediately initiate an all-inclusive peace, reconciliation, and rebuilding process to reunite everybody under the big umbrella and reinvigorate the biggest party in Africa to bounce back to the rescue of the suffering masses of Nigeria come 2019”.
Speaking for the Ali Modu Sheriff faction, former Deputy Chairman Dr. Cairo Ojougbo said he had no comment on the development.
The former Ministers’ Forum, on its part described the judgement as one of the most celebrated cases of our time adding that it was in tandem with the wishes of party members.
Speaking with newsmen after their meeting in Abuja on Wednesday, chairman of the forum, a former minister for Special Duties, Tanimu Kabir Turaki, thanked the Supreme Court over the judgement saying it has established itself as being able to rise to any challenge in critical times.
“The judgement is hope for democracy. The Opposition will continue to survive. Without opposition government won’t be able to sit up and do the work that is expected of them”, he said.
While he hailed Makarfi for resoluteness and steadfastness, he congratulated other organs of the party as well as staff of the party. He also thanked the staff of the PDP who stood by the party in the most trying period.
“We urge the committee to make necessary arrangement to consolidate the gains. Bring all members back to the fold.
“[In our last last press briefing we said no matter the outcome of the judgement that there is no winner or loser. This temporary setback should not be seen as excuse to allow the unnecessary gap to continue.
“We have to be more united strengthened because we have more challenges ahead of us as we move towards 2019.
Advice for Sheriff
“For sheriff, who is my brother and friend, I know he is a democrat. I remember that on more than one occasion, I have heard him say he will do abide with the decision of the court.
“I will encourage him to do that and to talk to his members to come back home. Judgement has been given and it has settled all the issues.
“The committee has a mandate, they are working on how to over see credible convention. Yes as ministers forum we have advise to give them but not on the media. We will advise on the best way and manner.But I am sure the caretaker committee won’t disappoint Nigerians.”
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