PDP crisis: I’m not behind APDP, I remain in PDP – Makarfi

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Factional Chairman of the Caretaker Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party, Ahmed Makarfi, has said he is not part of the registration of a new political party, Advanced Peoples Democratic Party, APDP.

Makarfi who has been battling with Senator Ali Modu Sheriff over the party’s leadership said he is still a member of the PDP.

Recall that there had been reports that some aggrieved members of the party had submitted an application to the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, for the registration of the APDP.

But Makarfi yesterday cleared the air, saying he is not behind the formation of any party.

He told reporters in Abuja, “I am not behind the party APDP. I don’t have any hand in it as claimed. In Nigeria, you can’t prevent people from making speculations.

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“The country is awash with all kinds of speculations but it is a free country and anybody is free to go and register any party he or she likes but it APDP is not something I am interested in or driving.”

Makarfi, did no, however, rule out the possibility of him leaving the PDP.

According to him, “You can’t tell what will happen tomorrow. We are in the PDP. What form the PDP would take, we can’t say.

“I am still studying the report of the Jerry Gana-led reconciliation committee. So, first things first.

“When we get to the river, we would know how to cross it. But specifically on APDP, I can categorically say that we never discussed such and I am not behind its registration,” he said.

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He further revealed that former President, Goodluck Jonathan was trying to resolve the impasse.

“We are continuing our discussions So, we will see what comes out of it. We cannot be a problem to a meaningful and peaceful resolution. Once it is meaningful and comprehensive, we can’t hinder that,” he added.


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