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From FRED ITUA, ABUJA
Senators elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), may have resolved to go by the Seriake Dickson-led peace committee, which proposed a political solution to the crisis engulfing the party.
The federal lawmakers, it was gathered, also refrained from pledging their loyalty to neither the Ali Modu Sheriff-led National Working Committee (NWC) of the party or Ahmed Markafi-led Caretaker Committee, till the Supreme Court gives a verdict on the issue.
This was coming on barely two weeks after the committee submitted its recommendations to the Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu on how to resolve the protracted crisis in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The PDP senators’ position was agreed after a meeting said to have been held at the private residence of the Senate Minority Leader, Senator Godswill Akpabio.
It was gathered that 30 lawmakers were in attendance. Senator Ekweremadu, who is the defacto PDP head in the Senate, reportedly presided over the meeting.
It was also gathered that the meeting kicked off at about 7.30pm on Tuesday, and lasted till 9:00p.m.
Some senators who were at the meeting told Daily Sun that they agreed to opt for a political solution to the crisis rocking the party.
Although the senators declined to comment on whether or not they would accept the final outcome of the Supreme Court, they, however, claimed that a political solution as recommended by the Dickson-led committee would solve the crisis.
It was learnt that lawmakers also agreed not to interfere with the ongoing court case and insisted that precedence must be set by the Supreme Court judgment on the lingering crisis in the party.
At the end of the caucus meeting, PDP lawmakers appointed Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe as its spokesman.
The senators, in affirming Abaribe as its official voice, resolved that going forward, every decision of the caucus would be conveyed to the public through him.
“Every statement emanating from Senator Abaribe represents the official position of the PDP Senate caucus and every information purporting to come from the caucus should be cross checked with the spokesman,” a lawmaker said.