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PDP to replace mediocre leaders, sanction corrupt members




The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday announced a plan to restructure itself with a view to replacing the bad eggs among its leadership.

This position, which was made known at a meeting of the party’s national vice chairmen ‎held in Abuja yesterday, came a few weeks to commencement of the party’s congresses and national convention scheduled to end on March 6, 2016.

Vowing to push out some of its leaders whose performance are no longer satisfactory to members, the PDP enjoined all its supporters to remain resolute and await the imminent repositioning of the party during which square pegs will be placed in square holes and justice and equity will prevail. “We reaffirm that mediocres will no longer be allowed to govern the affairs of the party. Power will now be returned to the people at the grassroots.‎”

The party also vowed to sanction any of its members convicted of corrupt practice in the course of the current anti-graft crusade ‎by President Muhammadu Buhari. “Any member so convicted shall also face intra party disciplinary action and will be severely sanctioned accordingly. Those who are corrupt have left the party and those who left are indisputably mercenaries and Soldiers of Fortune”.

The statement issued at the meeting and signed by the Secretary of the Forum of PDP National Vice Chairmen and the Vice Chairman (South-South), Mr. Cairo Ojougboh, stated that ‎the party endorsed the war being waged against corruption by Buhari. It, however, urged Buhari to ensure that the principle of Rule of Law where the accused is presumed to be innocent until found guilty is strictly adhered to. The statement urged the President to also extend the anti-graft war to some of his serving ministers and associates against whom the party noted more grievous allegations had been leveled.

The chairmen claimed that in spite of losing the presidential elections, PDP remained the largest party in Nigeria and Africa. The party further claimed that the vast majority of its members at the grassroots are innocent and not corrupt, just as it rejected the notion and tagging of it as a corrupt party.

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