In a last minute effort of save the upcoming national convention of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the party’s Board of Trustees (BoT) has put set up a reconciliatory committee.
The 18-member committee, chaired by a former Minister of Information, Prof. Jerry Gana, is to reconcile the Ali Modu Sheriff camp with the Ahmed Makarfi led Caretaker Committee.
Inaugurating the committee in Abuja on Monday, chairman of the BoT, Senator Walid Jibrin, said the trustees would not sit by and watch the party destroyed by the lingering leadership crisis.
He expressed dismay that there are about 15 different court cases instituted by the various contending groups within the party.
According to him, there was an urgent need for a politician solution to the crisis, stressing that allowing the cases to go on might leave the party in a permanent state of crisis.
He appealed to the litigants to withdraw their court cases and allow the reconciliation committee to resolve the differences so that the August 17 convention could hold.
Speaking shortly after the inauguration, Prof. Gana assured that the committee would discharge its functions with every sense of responsibility, justice and fairness.
He pleaded with the Sheriff camp to allow the committee resolve the crisis by making himself available for discussions, saying that the party should go into the convention united.
Other members of the committee are Alhaji Shuaibu Oyedokun, Senator Ibrahim Ida, Hajia Inna Ciroma, Senator Biodun Olujimi and Air Commodore Dan Suleiman (rtd), among others.