PDP Plots Fresh Moves To Deal With G-7 Governors
Buoyed by the double setback the Alhaji Abubakar Kawu Baraje-led “new PDP” suffered at the court and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is set to wield the big stick against the aggrieved governors and their umbrella body – the “new PDP”.
The leadership of the ruling party has concluded plans to summon six of the G-7 governors to appear before its new disciplinary committee headed by Second Republic transport minister Alhaji Umaru Dikko.
The Dikko committee was appointed on Thursday, the same day two hurdles befell the “new PDP” in its quest to unseat the Bamanga Tukur-led National Working Committee (NWC) of the PDP: the INEC denial of the factional group’s recognition and a Lagos high court striking out the case it instituted against the PDP NWC.
The invitation to the governors may come shortly after the inauguration of the disciplinary committee on Thursday, October 17.
Other members of the committee are Ebenezer Babatope (deputy chairman),Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, Alhaji Shuaibu Oyedokun, Hajiya Nana Aishat Quadir, Hussaini Duraki Kazaer, and Onwe S. Onwe (secretary)
The governors to be summoned by the PDP are Babangida Aliyu (Niger), Aliyu Wamakko (Sokoto), Rabiu Kwakwanso (Kano), Murtala Nyako (Adamawa), Abdulfatah Ahmed (Kwara) and Sule Lamido (Jigawa).Their Rivers State counterpart, Rotimi Amaechi, may not be summoned because of a pending case between him and the party over his suspension from the PDP.
The “new PDP” said it was aware of the move and was prepared to react today, but the PDP national publicity secretary, Mr Olisa Metuh, feigned ignorance of the plan to invite the governors. “I am not aware of any such move; the disciplinary committee is a statutory body of the party. This is not the first; it is about the sixth or seventh of such; so the question of summons to any governor does not arise. At best, we are committed to resolving our differences.”
A source close to the PDP NWC confided in our correspondent that “the coast is clear to deal with the situation now” because “we have to instil discipline at all cost, no matter who is involved”.
‘At first, we considered the idea of taking appropriate steps to sanction these people, but you know our judiciary is becoming more active these days; you cannot predict what it could come out with at any time. But as things are now, the law is beginning to take its course with the judicial pronouncement and the position of INEC on the issues raised by the so-called ‘new PDP’; I think they have reached their power-end because INEC is the arbiter on issues like these. They have come to realise that they were fighting a lost battle in the first place,” he said.
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