ABUJA- THE National Disciplinary Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP headed by Second Republic Minister of Transport, Alhaji Umaru Dikko yesterday met in Abuja to strategise on how to effectively carry out the assignment given to it.
It was learnt that members of the Committee who met in Abuja yesterday with plans to meet again next week, will baring any last minute change of mind, invite former governor of Osun State, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola who was penultimate Wednesday re-instated as National Secretary of PDP through a judgment by an Appeal Court sitting in Abuja to appear before it to answer accusations raised against him and the Abubakar Kawu Baraje led splinter group of the party on allegation of anti- party activities.
Oyinlola, it will be recalled was last week suspended along side, the Chairman of the splinter group of the party and former Acting National Chairman, Alhaji Abubakar Kawu Baraje; the group’s Deputy Chairman, Dr.
Sam Sam Jaja; and the National Vice-Chairman of the PDP, North West, Ambassador Ibrahim Kazuare by the Bamanga Tukur led National Working Committee, NWC.
According to a source at yesterday’s meeting, the Umaru Dikko panel is set to direct Oyinlola and others to appear before it within one week.
But reacting to the development, Oyinlola through a text message said, “the PDP Constitution stipulates that a Disciplinary Committee can only be legally constituted if its composition is ratified by the party’s national executive committee. I am sure the membership of the Umaru Dikko panel is yet to be ratified. I also feel sure that elders of the party so appointed know the rules and regulations which must not be violated. If they sit to consider any matter, such would amount to nullity and acting in vain Though, Oyinlola and others have been suspended it will also be recalled that after the inauguration of the 7 – member national Disciplinary Committee last month and while speaking with Journalists, the PDP national Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh had said that there were no plans to sanction aggrieved members of the Alhaji Abubakar Kawu Baraje led factional PDP.
Answering questions from Journalists after the inauguration of the National Disciplinary Committee, Metuh had said, “G7 will not face any disciplinary Committee, no petition, no move to sanction them; we have held meetings for full reconciliation, but we had some challenges, the doors of the party are still open for reconciliation, no more sanction for members of G7 as at today. We want peace and progress in the party, yet there must be trust, equity, fairness and justice.”