The Senator Ahmed Makarfiled National Caretaker Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has declared that it won’t abandon the party for the Court of Appeal- reinstated National Chairman, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff. Consequently, the caretaker committee has washed off its hands in the plan to register another political party, the Advanced Peoples Democratic Party (APDP), with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

News went viral last week that the Makarfi faction of PDP was seeking to register a new political party, the APDP, after it lost the leadership of the PDP to Sheriff.

But, in a statement yesterday, spokesperson for the group, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, said the caretaker committee was not in any way involved in the plans to register either APDP or any other political party.

The statement, however, “acknowledge and recognise the rights of party members to seek alternative platform to actualise their political dreams, which is an inalienable right guaranteed by the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.” According to the statement, the National Caretaker Committee is holding leadership power in the party in trust for the millions of party faithful who instituted it at the National Convention.

“Whatever decision that will be taken on the PDP brand shall be taken by the owners of the party, i.e. the party members, at a properly constituted National Convention, and not by few individuals, no matter how highly placed.

“For the records, no decision has been taken that the PDP should be abandoned and a new party formed out of the current structure. At least, no such proposal is before the caretaker committee as at this moment,” the statement assured.

It expressed the belief of the caretaker committee that the issues before the Supreme Court would be resolved on the side of truth, and justice served in the interest of peace.

“With the ‘political solution’ as the alternative dispute resolution being suggested by some highly placed individuals and groups in the party, albeit, without prejudice to the appeal before the Supreme Court, we will like to appeal for calm among all party members and allow the reconciliation efforts to move forward.

“We are confident that justice will be served at the end either through the court or through the reconciliation efforts or a combination of all of them,” Adeyeye said.

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