Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, the factional Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), while receiving some members of the PDP who visited him on Wednesday in Abuja, said that he was ready to negotiate with the Senator Ahmed Makarfi-led PDP faction.
He noted that he had on several occasions tried to resolve the ongoing crisis within the former ruling party.
According to Sheriff, he wants both his committee and the Ahmed Makarfi-led Caretaker Committee to give way for a new independent leadership to emerge and lead the party.
“I have made several peace moves but the caretaker committee has refused to agree.
“We have therefore resigned our fate to the decision of their Lordships of the Court of Appeal and Supreme Courts.
“However, we are ready to return to the negotiation table today, if Sen. Makarfi sees reason to do so,’’ he said.
According to Sheriff, despite the “several blackmail” he had received, he is committed to returning the party to the grassroots.
“Our task is to return the party to the grassroots.
“To this end, we shall continue to review all the states chapters that are affected before the Convention.
“We are discussing with key stakeholders willing to return to the party and we are making steady progress,” he said.
He also added that if the talk between his side and Makarfi’s would go well, the party would hold its national convention to elect new leaders in the first quarter of 2017.
“Hopefully, we shall conduct a free and fair convention in the first quarter of 2017.
“In the cause of the last six months, we have worked assiduously to reposition our great party, the PDP, through harnessing of the enormous potential of the party at the grassroots.
Regarding the outcome in the Rivers State Rerun Election, he said; “I have set up an 11-Man Committee which I sponsored to Rivers to observe the election and report back to me.
“The committee is yet to give me its report.
“I will make public my position as soon as I receive the detailed report on the election, because it is better for me to speak based on fact,” he added.