PDP NWC Declares cease fire with New PDP

The mainstream faction of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Wednesday moved towards defusing tension in its fold as it resolved henceforth not to escalate the crisis in the party by engaging its splinter group, the New PDP and its seven governors in further verbal war.
The party’s National Working Committee (NWC), after a meeting in Abuja, said it would no longer respond to comments from the breakaway group, led by Alhaji Kawu Baraje, in order not to endanger the ongoing reconciliation being carried out by President Goodluck Jonathan and other party leaders.
At the September 15 peace talks between the two factions of the party  in a communiqué  had urged both sides to sheathe their swords so as not to aggravate the tension in the party.
It was also learnt that the president had reiterated the need to keep peace to facilitate the healing process embarked upon by party leaders at the last meeting between the two sides on Monday.
The issue to maintain peace in the party topped the agenda of the NWC meeting yesterday as the PDP resolved to take all necessary steps not to endanger the peace process by engaging in recriminations with the New PDP.
The meeting also ratified the appointment of Second Republic Minister of Transport, Alhaji Umaru Dikko as chairman of its disciplinary committee and announced the constitution of a finance committee, to be chaired by Akwa Ibom State Governor, Chief Godswill Akpabio.
PDP’s National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Olisa Metuh, told reporters that  it is the resolution of the party not to do anything that would endanger the ongoing reconciliation under the leadership of Jonathan and the Chairman of the party’s Board of Trustees (BoT), Chief Tony Anenih.
He said:  “The PDP is a united big family and it is not our wish to respond to comments by our estranged brothers. No, we will not comment on any issue, but we will do everything to ensure peace.”
Also in an apparent move to bring erring members to order and ensure discipline within the party, the NWC  ratified the appointment  of Dikko as the chairman of the party’s disciplinary committee.
The party also announced the constitution of a new 20-man finance committee to be headed by Akpabio.
His Katsina State counterpart, Alhaji Ibrahim Shema, was named the deputy chairman with other members being Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, King A.J. Turner  and 16 others.
On the controversy over Dikko’s membership of the PDP, Metuh said  despite his name appearing on the website of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as the national chairman of the United Democratic Party (UDP), the former minister is a PDP member.
According to Metuh, “I can confirm to you that Umaru Dikko is a registered member of the PDP and he is in good health”.
The finance committee, he added, would be inaugurated next Thursday, while that of the disciplinary committee would be done a day after .
Besides Dikko, other members of the disciplinary committee include Chief Ebenezer Babatope who is the deputy chairman, Chief  Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, Alhaji Shuaibu Oyedokun, Nana Ayishat Quadir and Hussaini Duraki Kazaer while  the party’s Deputy National Secretary, Onwe Solomon Onwe, will serve as the secretary of the committee.
Meanwhile,  factional chairman of the  PDP  in Adamawa State,  Chief Joel Madaki, has said the party would not accept any unreasonable conditions from the New PDP peace to return to the party.
Madaki, while receiving two Toyota buses donated to the party by the son of the PDP National Chairman Awwal Tukur , who was represented by Alhaji Danjuma Aliyasu, said in Yola that PDP would shock those who thought the party would fail without them.
“Some people are trying to give us superfluous conditions in order to hijack the party. The party belongs to all Nigerians not one man or some people who think they can do as they wish. Therefore we cannot accept any mundane condition as the party is not the property of anyone and hence no one has the right to say return the party to him,”  he added.