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Appeal court judgment: We are still open to dialogue, says Ojougboh


A judge’s gavel rests on top of a desk inside a courtroom. (AFP/Joe Raedle)

The Senator Ali Modu Sheriff-led Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has described the judgment of the Court of Appeal, Port Harcourt Division, delivered in his favour as the confirmation of the will of the people.

Its Deputy National Chairman, Dr. Cairo Ojougboh, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) yesterday in Abuja.

Ojougboh said the Sheriff-led National Working Committee of PDP was still ready to dialogue with the Senator Ahmed Makarfi-led group, irrespective of the judgment.

He said: “To us, the judgment is no victory, no vanquish. Irrespective of the judgment, our door is open to our brothers who unfortunately are in the other group.

“We promise not to victimise anybody, but work together to reunite the party,” he said.Ojougboh added that following the judgment, Sheriff was ready to organise a credible national convention of the party as soon as possible.

“The will of the masses is that the party should be handed over to the people, and that is what Sheriff has come to do and he will never be distracted in achieving that.

“The PDP Chairman, Sheriff, has directed me to assure our party members that the National Working Committee (NWC) would as soon as possible organise a national convention that would lead to the election of credible leaders of the party,” he stated.

He, however, added that should the Makarfi-led group appeal the judgment, the Sheriff-led NWC would also be ready to meet them at the Supreme Court.

“All of us had earlier pledged to accept whatever is the outcome of the court judgment and I hope the Makarfi-led group will still respect that.

“Should they proceed to the Supreme Court to appeal the judgment, we are also ready to meet them there, but I expect them to respect their promise.”

Ojougboh, who commended the party members and supporters for keeping faith in Sheriff, urged them to keep supporting him and his efforts to return the party to the grassroots.

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