The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) created a committee to investigate the voting pattern of its legislators during the election of leaders of the 9th National Assembly in June.
The party’s national president, Uche Secondus, who opened the committee in Abuja on Wednesday, said the committee had three weeks to present its report.
Second, represented by the party’s national undersecretary (south), Mr. Yomi Akinwonmi, said that Senator Adolphus Wabara would chair the 10-man committee.
Other committee members include Professor Wale Oladipo, as secretary, Senator Ben Obi, Professor Yohana Iliya, Senator Ibrahim Mantu, Austin Opara, Senator Stella Omu, Margret Icheen, Mr. Hassan Hyatt and Senator Abdul Ningi.
Secondus said the party’s action is a display of internal democracy and says that “this is the PDP’s advantage over other political parties in Nigeria. “This is what took us to the level we are at, the respect for internal democracy.
“We solve problems through dialogue, through discussions, observing both sides of the coin. You will never find this in other political parties in Nigeria. ”
The committee’s mandate, according to Secondus, is to investigate and discover why some of the PDP members and the elected senators did not comply with the party’s decision during the election of NASS leaders.
“Investigate and find out if there is any participation of the ruling party in the decision made by the members involved.
“Where there are established reasons for taking the action of the members, the individual members must be identified so that the party creates a political and mutual atmosphere for a reasonable interaction with the honorable members.
“To discover and recommend ways to control those trends in the future and ensure that all members work together to defend the interest of the party at all times and in all circumstances.”
The national president recommended the committee to examine all strata of the party, including the governors, and to advise the party adequately.
“You’ve done it before, and we think you’ll do it again,” he said.
Secondus said that the National Executive Committee and the National Labor Committee of the party had the highest confidence in the committee.
He also expressed optimism that the committee would work on updating the terms of reference to defend and advance the party.
In his response, Wabara said the committee members accepted his nominations to do what he described as “a grave responsibility.”
“I pledge on behalf of my colleagues on the committee that we will comply with our duties by the terms of reference diligently.
“We will do it in such a way that our members in the National Assembly by the special grace of God will remain intact and loyal to the party.”
Wabara said that as men and women of proven integrity who were once leaders in the NASS, they would “unearth what happened” and send their report even before the three-week deadline.