Obiora Ifoh, Abuja
Worried by allegations of anti-party activities by some members during last weekend governorship elections in Bayelsa and Kogi states, the Board of Trustees, BoT of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has mandated the National Working Committee, NEC, to set up committee to probe the allegations.
This was one of the key decisions take at the BoT meeting held at the party’s national secretariat, Abuja on Thursday.
Briefing journalists after the meeting, the BoT Chairman, Senator Walid Jubrin said the party will not jump the gun and sanction any of its members on mere allegations without proper investigations.
According to him, they have also set up other committees to look at other issues affecting the party.
“We also viewed the accusations and counter accusation among our members on the behaviour of some of our members both in Kogi and Bayelsa, especially in Bayelsa.
“We advised that we will not jump the gun, we have make thorough research before we come into conclusion of who did what and suggest remedies.
“Therefore we recommended to the NWC that a very serious investigation must take place. And therefore we recommend that an interim committee has to be set up similar to the one that was set up after the 2015 election under the chairmanship of former deputy Senate Chairman, Ike Ekweremadu and myself, that time I was the secretary of the BoT and the secretary of the committee which came up with very useful recommendation. We came openly to blame certain people.
“We have formed various committees of the BoT to assist us, the leadership of the BoT in running the activities of the BoT. We have instructed the various committees to go into action especially the committee on peace and conflict that we noted that there are some many complaints going on within the party in Edo, Kano, Lagos etc.
“After the committee go into action in finding out the true situation, we will now recommend and look at the matter solemny before the new year.
“We will ensure that the party becomes stronger and stronger. We call on our followers and members to remain resolute in the face of this election.”
On calls for the resignation of some leaders of the party over the outcome of the Bayelsa and Kogi states governorship elections, the BoT chairman declared that they have given the NWC the nod to continue to manage the affairs of the party.
“We are also suggesting that NWC should carry on their activities. We have also asked the organs of the party that all of us must come together. And when everything is concluded, the meeting of the National caucus and The BoT, NEC and National Convention will now come to review all that we have done and the and the NWC will then prepare a special report recommending a special action of the various bodies or the party.”
The BoT also condemned the conduct of the elections in Bayelsa and Kogi states by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.
“We are very concerned with what is happening in Nigerian politics especially in the nation and recently in Kogi and Bayelsa. We reviewed the situation and condemned in totality the issue of rigging, killings, vote snatching that characterised this election and we advised that the party of this various arson that took place including to the death of the chair lady PDP in Kogi has to stop.”
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