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PDP chair, Ahmed Makarfi, survives auto crash

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Jaafar Jaafar
Jaafar Jaafar is a graduate of Mass Communication from Bayero University, Kano. He was a reporter at Daily Trust, an assistant editor at Premium Times and now the editor-in-chief of Daily Nigerian.
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The chairman of the caretaker committee of the opposition People’s Democratic Party, PDP, Ahmed Makarfi, has survived a car crash on the Abuja-Kaduna expressway.

Mr Makarfi survived the crash in the early hours of Friday.

A statement by the National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Dayo Adeyeye, said the vehicle conveying Mr Makarfi was involved in a multiple collision with other vehicles on the expressway.

He added that Mr Makarfi and all other occupants of his vehicle came out unhurt, assuring party members, and supporters that the Party’s caretaker committee chairman is well.

Mr Makarfi recently regained his leadership position of the party a few weeks ago after the Supreme Court declared his committee as validly constituted.

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The 3-man Supreme Court panel led by Olabode Rhodes-Vivour, ruled that Senator Ali-Modu Sheriff ceased to be the party’s national chairman and ordered Mr Makarfi to take over the leadership of the party.

The ruling officially brought an end to the crisis that had rocked the Party for over a year, with some saying that Nigeria now has a viable opposition.

Shortly after his reinstatement by the Supreme Court, Mr Makarfi had said that the party’s leadership tussle was a “hard battle”.

Mr Makarfi told a delegation of the PDP former Ministers Forum led by its chairman, Taminu Turaki, who paid him a courtesy visit.

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“It is a victory for all political parties because the issue of convention was involved and the Supreme Court upheld the power of the convention,” he said.

He noted that the party’s leadership crisis erupted after its convention in Port Harcourt in 2016.

He said that through it, the PDP had paid the price of democracy for other political parties.



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