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PDP Crisis deepens as Makarfi fails to unite warring factions

by on August 23, 2017
 

The crisis rocking the Kwara State chap­ter of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday took another di­mension as the Sen Ahmed Makarfi-led National Care­taker Committee (NCC) failed to reconcile the war­ring factions.

Recall that the party had on Saturday, August 12 dur­ing its non-elective conven­tion in Abuja, dissolved the factional executive commit­tees.

The meeting which was presided by Makarfi was deadlocked as the factions led by Iyiola Oyedepo and Sunday Fagbemi failed to reach a compromise.

Makarfi and other mem­bers of the NCC had dur­ing the meeting excused the factions to arrive at a compromise which could not work out. This develop­ment led to disagreement among the members of the factions.

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The Makarfi-led NCC had summoned the party stakeholders from the state to Abuja in a bid to reconcile them. The party had engaged Sen Solomon Ewuga to serve as mediator between the two warring factions.

But indications that the two-hours meeting ended in an intense deadlock emerged as some of the stakeholders were seen dis­cussing angrily in clusters while others hurriedly left the party premises.

Effort to seek further clarification by journalists was refused by the former Minister of National Plan­ning, Prof Suleiman Abuba­kar, who declined speaking with them but directed them to a former senator, Suleiman Ajadi.

But, Ajadi angrily re­buffed the journalist and shouted at them especially the National Television Au­thority, NTA reporter who dared to ask him a question.

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Earlier, Sen Makarfi, while speaking during the open session, cautioned the two camps to toe the part of four other states that have resolved to work together, noting that Kwara State was reputed to be very politi­cally mature.

Makarfi who further urged them to put their house in order, warning that they risk losing the par­ty’s structure in the state to members that will join later.

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