Jonathan orders PDP to end internal hostilities
• President made Nigeria proud with 2015 polls, says Anyaoku
• Party inaugurates post-election review panel
• Fayose accuses Muazu, NWC of compromise
INVESTIGATIONS into the true cause of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) poor outing in the 2015 general elections began yesterday as its national leadership inaugurated a 17-member assessment committee.
This came as chairman of the Presidential Advisory Council (PAC) on International Relations and former Commonwealth Secretary-General, Emeka Anyaoku, declared yesterday that the nation owes President Goodluck Jonathan a debt of gratitude for the success of the 2015 elections.
Speaking with State House correspondents after a breakfast meeting with President Jonathan, Anyaoku, noted that Jonathan’s gesture of picking up the telephone and congratulating the President-elect, Maj.-Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, even before the final results of the elections were announced, was very commendable
Meanwhile, Ekiti State Governor, Ayo Fayose, has insisted that his call for the dissolution of the Adamu Mu’azu-led National Working Committee (NWC) was in good faith and in the overall interest of the party, as some of them sold out and worked for the opposition.
The 17-member assessment committee include the Chairman of the PDP Governors’ Forum and Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Godswill Akpabio; Theodore Orji of Abia State and Ibrahim Dankwambo of Gombe State.
However, all three named members of the Ike-Ekweremadu-led committee were absent from the inauguration, a development the National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, told journalists after the inauguration was due to communication gap.
The panel was given a nine-point terms of reference, which include a specific directive to investigate how the presidential campaign committee, headed by a former national chairman of the party, Senator Ahmadu Ali, managed the campaign funds.
Governor Fayose, who said he had no apology for asking NWC members to resign, said he has evidence to prove underhand dealings that compromised the election. He also challenged the NWC to provide evidence of money released to him to prosecute the last elections.
“Only N30 million was received for the last two elections and to the glory of the Almighty God and support of Ekiti people, we won all elections outright. I therefore demand the mode with which money was released to me by the NWC,” he said
PDP National Secretary, Adewale Oladipo, who inaugurated the committee, also announced that President Goodluck Jonathan has stopped all members of the party from further media war.
Oladipo said: “Let me use this opportunity to relay President Jonathan’s message to all PDP leaders and members. He has given definite instruction that all acts of unwarranted attacks and counter-attacks on members and leadership of the party should stop immediately.”
He listed the terms of reference to include, among others, identifying the remote and immediate causes of the relatively poor performance of the PDP in the 2015 general elections.
Other members include Nyeson Wike, Ibrahim Shekarau, Abdulkadir Kure, Emeka Ihedioha, Comrade Abba Moro, Adamu Waziri, Senator Ahmed Makarfi, Makanjuola Ogundipe, Pegba Otemolu, Shaibu Oyedokun, Zainab Maina, Florence Ita-Giwa, and Senator Walid Jibril (member/secretary.
In an acceptance speech on behalf of other members, Ekweremadu asked all party loyalists to begin a process of rebuilding the party and stop the blame game, stating: “Our pains and disappointments are well founded, especially given the enormous hopes and prospects the party holds as a pan-Nigerian movement for social, economic, and political transformations.
Fayose, who spoke in Ado-Ekiti through his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Mr. Lere Olayinka, wondered why the PDP lost “so scandalously in Bauchi State, despite the presence of the national chairman, Federal Capital Territory minister and the state governor.”