A former governor of Kaduna State and former caretaker chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Ahmed Makarfi, has called on the aggrieved members of the party to resolve their differences.
Recall that Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State, Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State, Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, Chief Olabode George, and many others on Wednesday pulled out of the Presidential Campaign of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, insisting that the PDP National Chairman, Iyorchia Ayu must resign before they can back the PDP Presidential candidate as the campaign kicks off on September 28.
Reacting to the development, Makarfi stressed the importance of collective efforts to build bridges and bring everyone on board for the task ahead.
“I really wouldn’t want to make matters worse. Some of us have roles to play behind the scene to overcome any problem,” the former governor said.
On his part, the immediate past National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Kola Ologbondiyan asked members of the opposition party to give peace a chance.
“No matter the level of disagreement, issues can and should be resolved within the party,” he told The PUNCH on Wednesday.
Also speaking, a chieftain of the party in the South-West, Diran Odeyemi, urged the PDP leaders and stakeholders to do everything possible to ensure that Wike does not leave the party.
He said: “We can’t afford to see Governor Wike leave the PDP as that would be disastrous. There is no need for this crisis, if you ask me. Those who truly love this party and who are the cause of this crisis know what to do.
“No sacrifice is too much for the party. They must put the party first and do the right thing and the right thing is equity, fairness and justice.”