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PDP grants amnesty to Sheriff, others

Supreme Court ruling: ‘For now, we are still members of PDP’ – Sheriff's Faction

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said it would grant “amnesty” to members who participated in the crisis that slowed down the party.

The Chairman of National Caretaker Committee of the party, Senator Ahmed Makarfi, stated this in an interview with reporters in Abuja on yesterday.

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Makarfi was reacting to to a question on whether the party would sanction the sacked National Chairman of the party, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff and his followers.

 He said there was no need to punish them, as the party is focused on getting back on its feet.

Speaking through the spokesperson for the caretaker committee, Mr. Dayo Adeyeye, Makarfi called on those with pending cases against the party at state levels, to withdraw them.

He stated, “No, we won’t punish anyone for what had happened in the past. Our doors are open for everyone, including those who are not members of the PDP.

“It is general amnesty for all. It is when you begin to commit fresh sins or causing fresh troubles that we will then look at it.

 “We want to appeal to everybody, those who have cases in courts, to withdraw them in the interest of the party. You can see that everybody is happy because of the outcome of the case.”

In his reaction, Sheriff said he was not sure that Makarfi could be calling for amnesty for him and his group.

Sheriff said, “He said that he was going to grant us amnesty? Are we criminals? No, he couldn’t have said that.

“Let’s wait and see. If he said that, then you would hear from me tomorrow. We are not criminals and how can someone be talking of amnesty?”

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