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PDP’s Peace Pact Collapse

Few days after reaching an understanding to bury their differences, the two factions of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) have renewed hostilities.

The cause of the latest crisis is the decision of Ali Modu Sheriff, national chairman of the party, to replace staff of the PDP secretariat who were not cooperating with him.

Sheriff had declared their jobs vacant and gave them a seven-day ultimatum to return the property of the party in their possession.

But Ahmed Makarfi, caretaker committee chairman, asked the old staff to ignore Sheriff’s threat.

“His threat against our hard working staff should therefore be ignored and treated with utmost contempt coming from a lawless impostor,” said Dayo Adeyeye, the publicity secretary, who responded on behalf of the Makarfi group.

On Thursday, Sheriff and Makarfi signed an undertaking with the PDP national reconciliation committee, led by Seriake Dickson, governor of Bayelsa state, to cease fire.

They both pledged to work together for the restoration of genuine peace to the party.

But on Sunday, Sheriff described Makarfi committee as illegal, saying with the pronouncement of the court of appeal in Port Harcourt, on February 17, “such a group is not supposed to be in existence”.

He appealed to the media not to refer to Makarfi group as a faction of the PDP and insisted that the group was illegal. Sheriff also warned Makarfi and his group to stop interfering in the affairs of the party.

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