Factional national chairman of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, yesterday reaffirmed that the reconciliation process in the party was irreversible.
He however reiterated that Barrister Jimoh Ibrahim remains the PDP governorship candidate in the forthcoming Ondo election.
Sheriff fruther disclosed that arrangements have been concluded to inaugurate a national campaign organization for the election.
While Sheriff’s camp and the National Caretaker Committee-led by Senator Ahmed Makarfi had proposed a 28-member Peace Committee to resolve the leadership crisis in the party, a court ruling which affirmed Ibrahim as Ondo guber candidate appears to have set both camps on edge.
The Makarfi-led camp insists that Mr. Eyitayo Jegede (SAN) remains the authentic candidate of the party, insisting that the “ruling does not in any way affect the matter of PDP candidacy in the forthcoming Ondo State Governorship election.”
However, Sheriff, in a statement signed by his deputy, Cairo Ojougboh, appealed to all peace loving members in the party to key into the peace process and pray that the outcome of the process will be successful.
He said: “We also irrevocably state that the peace process initiated by Sheriff and Makarfi is irreversible.
“Therefore, every peace loving members in PDP should key into the process and pray that the outcome will be a success to usher in PDP into governance in 2019.
“Henceforth, members of the party are cautioned not to make statements that will escalate the crisis in the party,” Ojougboh said.
Reiterating that PDP is a law abiding party which believes in the rule of law, Sheriff said: “we therefore, state categorically that the court judgment affirming Jimoh Ibrahim as the candidate of PDP is a victory for democracy and instrument to affirm the belief in the separation of powers among the executive, legislature and the judiciary.”
“The National Working Committee (NWC) have concluded plans to inaugurate a national campaign organisation for Jimoh Ibrahim in Ondo state governorship election.
“We therefore, call on PDP members in Ondo state and outside the state to cooperate with Ibrahim to ensure that PDP wins the state.”