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Friday, April 14, 2017

Gusua, Mark lobbied Jonathan to hold PDP peace meeting – Makarfi

Sacked Chairman of the National National Caretaker Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party , Senator Ahmed Makarfi , said in Abuja on Friday, that a former National Security Adviser , Gen . Aliyu Gusau (retd . ); and an ex- President of the
Senate , David Mark, asked ex- President Goodluck Jonathan to convene the botched peace meeting of the party.

He explained that the decision to invite the former president to mediate in the crisis was reached at a meeting attended by the National Chairman of the party, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff; National Secretary , Professor Wale Oladipo; Senator Makarfi , Sen . Ben Obi , Gusau, and Mark .

Makarfi spoke while reacting to the allegations made by the Sheriff ’s deputy, Dr . Cairo Ojougboh that ex- president was drafted into the peace initiative by Governors Nyesom Wike and Ayodele Fayose of Rivers and Ekiti State respectively.

A spokesman for the Caretaker Committee , Prince Dayo Adeyeye, who spoke on behalf of Makarfi , said that it was agreed at the meeting that both Gusau and Mark should “approach the former President to convene an all -inclusive meeting of stakeholders in order to chart a way forward for a lasting peace in the Party ”.

He added that “For the record , the last Stakeholders Meeting convened and chaired by the former President , Jonathan, was not sponsored or organised by Wike or Fayose as alleged by Ojugboh .

“The need for the meeting was agreed upon at the Residence of the Former National Security Adviser, Gusau in the presence of Sheriff, Oladipo, Mark, Makarfi and Obi.

” Gusau and Mark were mandated in that meeting to approach the former President to convene an all - inclusive meeting of stakeholders in order to chart a way forward for a lasting peace in the Party . ”

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