…Says Party Ready For New Role As Opposition
Patrick Osadebamwen, Abuja
Members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who worked against the interest of the party in the justconcluded general elections would be fished out as the Post-election Review Committee digs into the matter in line with its terms of reference. Secretary of the committee, Dr. Walid Jibril, gave the assurance yesterday at a press conference in Abuja where he maintained that the Committee would be fair to all as it searches for the truth of the matter. He said the committee would collect memoranda from all stakeholders even as he dismissed the view that the committee does not have the blessings of critical stakeholders of the party before it was inaugurated.
According to him, President Jonathan, Vice President, Namadi Sambo, Board of Trustees Chairman, Tony Anenih and the Senate President, David Mark, all endorsed the committee as he wondered where critics got their wrong information . Aside finding the immediate and remote causes of the dismal outing of the PDP in the 2015 polls, the committee which was inaugurated last week by the secretary of the Party Professor Adewale Oladipo, was asked to “ascertain the degree of anti-party activities, compromises and outright sabotage that may have contributed to the misfortunes of our party at the elections.” The Committee is also “To look at the funding of the elections to determine whether or not the funds meant for the campaigns were adequate and whether disbursements were properly done.”
Describing the assignment as very important, Jubril assured all affected that “we will be very fair to all, we will not leave any stone unturned, we will not fear anybody. Anybody who is found wanting we will say so and we will state what we have found.” He however appealed to aggrieved members to be calm, adding that it will be unfair to pre-empt the outcome of the committee’s report. He was also hopeful that the PDP was ready for repairs, adding “we have accepted we are in the opposition and our opposition will be fair and not crude with reasoning and logic. It will be fruitful for Nigerians. We won’t abuse anybody.”
He noted that the three-week timeframe given to the Committee by the party would be extended if necessary. Other terms of reference given to the committee include: “To trace the origin and process of the seeming decline of the party in its electoral performance; “To take a critical look at the preparations and buildup of the PDP to the general elections and determine its adequacies and lapses; “To review and determine the adequacy of the structures for the 2015 general elections and how those structures functioned; “To identify different groups in the party who were to play critical roles before and during the elections and determine the effectiveness or otherwise; “To determine any other matter that may be considered necessary and in the interest of the party. “To propose a road map for the party to recover its past glory and definitely win the general elections in 2019.”