INNOCENT OKONKWO, Pol. Editor
In line with the decision of the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the National Chairman, Sen. Ali Modu-Sheriff has constituted the four special committees in preparation of the PDP National Convention and the overall rebuilding and repositioning of the party.
The Committees, which are to be inaugurated on tomorrow (Tuesday) April 5, 2016 are the National Convention Committee, Reconciliation Committee, Zoning Committee and the Finance Committee.
The National Convention Committee has Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike as Chairman, Taraba state Governor Dairus Ishiaku as Deputy Chairman and the Governor of Ebonyi State, Governor Engr. Dave Umahi as Secretary.
Similarly, the Reconciliation Committee has Bayelsa State Governor Seriake Dickson as Chairman and Senator Ibrahim Mantu as Deputy Chairman while the Finance Committee has Gombe State Governor Ibrahim Dankwambo as Chairman and Senator Godswill Akpabio as Deputy Chairman.
Similarly, the Zoning Committee has Akwa-Ibom State Governor Emmanuel Udom as Chairman and Barr. Kelechi Igwe as Secretary.
The committees will be inaugurated by the National Chairman of the party, Sen. (Dr.) Ali Modi-Sheriff in a ceremony on Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at the national secretariat of the party at 2pm prompt.
Meanwhile, following the claim by the Resident Electoral Commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Rivers State, Mr. Aniedi Ikoiwak, on Friday that it did not disqualify the Peoples Democratic Party Candidate for Akuku-Toru Constituency 2, Hon. Tonye Alalibo, from participating in the re-run election in Rivers State, but acted in compliance with the judgments of the Election Tribunal and Court of Appeal, the State Chairman of the party, Bro. Felix Obuah, says the Commission is only making efforts to deceive the public when it does not have any evidence to justify its action.
He flayed the action of the Commission which exposed “obvious case of compromise in dealing with that particular issue, explaining that there is no court judgment to show that both the Party and its candidate were excluded from participating in the election as alleged by Mr. Ikoiwak.
Bro. Obuah challenged Mr. Ikoiwak to produce and make public any of such evidences to justify his action if not, the Commission should revert its decision and declare the PDP candidate, Hon. Tonye Alalibo, who scored the highest number of votes winner, to demonstrate its professed neutrality and uprightness.
He “ maintains that no Election Petition Tribunal or Appeal Court has right to disqualify any candidate, when the issue of disqualification was not part of the subject matter before them, and that INEC on its part lacks power to disqualify the PDP candidate, wondering where such disqualification came from, if not being induced by the All Progressives Congress.
“The PDP emphasizes that the judgments of both the Election Petition Tribunal and the Court of Appeal in which it is in possession of do not contain the claim by the INEC REC. The Party therefore, advises Mr. Ikoiwak to again go through the judgments, if he truly has the authentic copies.
“Believing that the Commission took the decision in bad faith and having been pressured to do same by the APC higher authorities, the PDP says even though it is considering taking advantage of the constitution of the Re-run Election Petition Tribunal, exploring legal means in securing justice, it would be honorable and also save public resources if the Commission rightly declares the authentic winner in the election, following its poll’s records.
“We expect INEC to be truly independent and to ensure its reputation is not compromised. We would do everything to cooperate with and support our institutions in achieving a free, fair and peaceful election and to ensure justice in our democratic system, not this kind of electoral conspiracy.
“We therefore, need the cooperation of INEC in achieving this, rather than becoming a tool in the hands of the Party at the centre in subverting the decision of the electorate in the State. It is a dangerous situation for our democracy, and most not be allowed to triumph.