PDP: Makarfi to raise disciplinary panel for erring members

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The National Executive Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party in Abuja, on Tuesday, agreed to set up a Standing Disciplinary Committee for its erring members.

The need to set up the committee was said to be the outcome of what a source described as “fierce arguments” by members of NEC following the 14-month crisis in the party, which ended recently with the judgment of the Supreme Court.

Before the NEC meeting was held, members of the party’s Expanded National Caucus, National Caucus and the Board of Trustees had met.

Our correspondent gathered that decisions reached at these three meetings were brought to the NEC and debated by members before conclusions were reached.

Apart from the disciplinary committee, the NEC also agreed to set up a Standing Reconciliation Committee.

Spokesperson for the party, Dayo Adeyeye, said these were part of the decisions taken at the 74th NEC meeting, which was held at the party’s national secretariat.

It was gathered that majority members of the NEC voted for the establishment of the two committees, especially disciplinary committee.

The members, according to some members of NEC, who spoke with our correspondent on condition of anonymity, insisted that the former National Chairman of the party, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, and his followers be sanctioned for the roles they allegedly played in the 14-month crisis that rocked the party.

The PUNCH had reported on Tuesday that the national leadership of the party was under pressure to sanction Sheriff and his group.

Apart from Sheriff, those likely to be drawn before the proposed committee, include a former National Secretary, Prof. Wale Oladipo; the Deputy National Chairman, Dr. Cairo Ojougboh, and the acting National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Bernard Mikko.

It was gathered that some members of the past National Working Committee also played important and what a prominent member of the party described as “strategic roles in the Sheriff camp.”

Some of the identified members were said to have started making overtures to the Senator Ahmed Makarfi-led national caretaker committee.

Apart from that, they were said to have attended the Expanded National Caucus meeting of the party on Monday night in Abuja.

Though Adeyeye was not specific about those to be invited by the disciplinary committee when it is inaugurated, he alluded to the fact that the last crisis necessitated the need to set it up.

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