PDP plans disciplinary actions for former vice president Atiku Abubarka, Baraje and the seven aggrieved governors.

With signs that the peace talks between President Goodluck Jonathan and the seven aggrieved governors of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that teamed up with others to form the New PDP may have collapsed, the party is making arrangements to discipline the faction members for promoting crisis in its fold. 
PDP was planning to make former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar, the factional Chairman of the party, Alhaji Kawu Baraje, and the seven governors face its disciplinary committee to answer for their perceived misdeeds.
The aggrieved seven governors who along with others walked out of the special national convention of the party last month to announce the formation of the New PDP are Chibuike Amaechi (Rivers), Rabiu Kwankwaso (Kano), Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu (Niger), Sule Lamido (Jigawa), Murtala Nyako (Adamawa), Abdulfatah Ahmed (Kwara) and Aliyu Wamakko (Sokoto).
Despite the agreement reached at the
last meeting between the aggrieved PDP members and the president as contained in a communiqué read by Aliyu that both parties should sheathe their swords pending the next peace talks slated for October 7, some members of the two factions of the ruling party have remained combative as they launched attacks on their opponents.
For example, last Tuesday, the Baraje faction had taken the battle to the National Assembly where its leaders sought to brief the National Assembly leadership on the events that led to the breakaway of the group.
The visit degenerated into a free for all at the House of Representatives as the lawmakers sympathetic to both factions brawled over an attempt by Baraje to address the PDP Caucus of the House.
It was gathered that preparatory to taking disciplinary measures against Atiku and others, the PDP was planning to reconstitute its disciplinary committee, headed by Second Republic Minister of Transport, Dr. Umaru Dikko.
The reconstitution, a source said yesterday, would lead to the removal of Dikko, who has remained inactive since his appointment on July 29.
Since his appointment, the committee is yet to be inaugurated as Dikko is in a London hospital receiving treatment.
If the October 7 meeting between the president and the aggrieved governors did not lead to the amicable resolution of the crisis in the party, then the PDP would be forced to wield the big stick.
Article 2 of the PDP constitution lists offences which can attract disciplinary measures to include efforts to promote disunity in the party.
It stated that sanctions will be visited on any member who “promotes factions or belongs to any group under the guise of the party and by whatever name called, not being one provided for in this constitution.”
It also prescribes punishment for any member who “engages in unauthorised publicity of disputes within the party or creates a parallel organ at any level.”
The source said the party elders were waiting for the outcome of the October 7 meeting before taking the next step as the party could no longer condone the acts of indiscipline by the ‘rebel’ governors and Atiku.
He said:  “Everybody knows that there is no faction within the party. This so-called crisis is nothing more than the 2015 contest. Even when they appear before the president, none of them can pin point one tangible area of grievance and the party cannot go ahead like this. There must be discipline and a bad precedent should not be laid. We cannot go on like this; if they want to go, let them go.”
Dropping a hint on plans to make Atiku and others face the PDP Disciplinary Committee, the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Olisa Metuh, said:  “We have seriously taken into account steps taken as well as the gravity of utterances credited to our brothers, especially in the wake of our last reconciliation meeting. We therefore wish to state for the avoidance of doubt that the fact that our leaders are wisely decided on the path of caution and decorum does not in any way suggest that we are afraid of the consequences of doing otherwise.
“We have only applied wisdom that, yes, we have the strength of a lion but better, when not applied needlessly.”
It was gathered that the removal of Dikko would be hinged on health grounds to pave the way for the party’s Deputy National Chairman, Chief Uche Secondus, to replace him.  
Besides Dikko, other members of the disciplinary committee are Amalete. J. Turner, as deputy chairman; Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, Alhaji Shuaib Oyedokun, Nana Kadiri, Hussaini Diraki and Senator Emmanuel Agboti, who was then the acting deputy national secretary of the party.
By the PDP tradition, the deputy national chairman usually heads the disciplinary committee. For instance, Chief Bode George as the deputy national chairman was the chairman of the party’s disciplinary committee just like Dr. Haliru Bello when he held the same position.
The source said with the election of Secondus as the deputy national chairman, it is expected that he would take over from Dikko when the committee is reconstituted.
“Once the disciplinary committee is properly   in place, all disciplinary cases would be referred to it, including the Baraje group. We are just waiting for the outcome of the October 7 meeting with the president and the ‘rebel’ governors,” he said.
The setting up of the committee was in line with Section 57 (1) of the PDP Constitution, which states that “Subject to the provision of this constitution, there shall be a disciplinary committee of the party at every level consisting of seven members with proven integrity, one of whom shall have a legal background.”
But since the announcement of the Dikko committee in July, the committee has not been inaugurated as there have been controversies over the appointment of some members.
For example, Dikko’s membership of the PDP has been questioned as some alleged that he is a member of the United Democratic Party (UDP).
The website of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as at yesterday, listed Dikko as the UDP national chairman.