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PDP reconciliation: Makarfi, Obi visit Ayade


(L) Cross River State Governor, Professor Ben Ayade with (R) factional Caretaker Committee Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Alhaji Ahmed Makarfi in Government House Calabar Thursday

(L) Cross River State Governor, Professor Ben Ayade with (R) factional Caretaker Committee Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Alhaji Ahmed Makarfi in Government House Calabar Thursday
In continuation of his effort to find lasting solution to the challenges that have befallen the Peoples Democratic Party( PDP), the factional Chairman of the party, Ahmed Markarfi, Thursday paid a visit on the governor of Cross River State, Senator Professor Ben Ayade in Calabar.
Makarfi was accompanied by Senator Ben Obi and  Abdul Ningi.
Markarfi said he and his team were in the state to seek ways of enthroning peace in the party.
“I am a peace maker and at the end of the day, we will have to find how PDP rises and runs again, and not only to run again but rise and fly.
“We must find a way to work together as a family and that is the spirit that should be guiding each one of us,” he said, adding “it is not an issue of one verses the other but what matters is whatever way the issues must be settled.”
The former Kaduna State governor used the opportunity of the visit to laud Governor Ayade on his performance in office so far, especially in the area of employment creation.
“In this period of high unemployment, you (Ayade) are not retrenching or cutting the salaries of workers but creating employment in the state. That is highly commendable.”
Continuing, he said: “I say what I mean and I mean what I say. I don’t talk that much but whatever I say, anytime you wake me up even from sleep, I will still be on that particular issue I have said.”
Expressing similar sentiments, Senator Obi said: “This is a state with little resources, yet it has been doing so much, turning the state round with employment. While others are retrenching, he is employing, youth employment is a major factor of this administration and we are proud of him.”
On how prepared the PDP is to take over the federal structure in the next elections, Obi said,”we just gave way for APC to come in and Nigerians have seen the difference, so we are gearing up to bounce back in 2019.”
Welcoming the team, Cross River governor, Prof Ben Ayade said “the visit was a demonstration that there exists a commitment to finding a peaceful resolution to the impasse of this time.”

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