• Recognises Emeakayi’s leadership in Anambra
• Dickson’s c’ttee asks aggrieved members to withdraw case in court
By Chuks Okocha
A former Minister of Transport in the Second Republic, Alhaji Umaro Dikko, was Monday appointed as the Chairman of the Disciplinary Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Dikko was the national chairman of the defunct United Democratic Party (UDP), which was recently deregistered by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), following its inability to win a single councillorship election.
A statement issued in Abuja, by the acting National Publicity Secretary of the party, Mr. Tony Okeke, said a traditional ruler, Amalete Johnny Turner of Opume Kingdom in Ogbia Local Government Area of Bayelsa State and Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu from Imo State, who is a member of the PDP Board of Trustees (BoT) were also named in the committee.
Other members were Alhaji Shuaibu Oyedokun from Osun State, Hajiya Nana Ayishat Kadiri, Mr. Hussaini Diraki and acting Deputy National Secretary of the party, Senator Emmanuel Agboti, who is from Ebonyi State, as secretary.
The statement added that the appointment was in “pursuant to the provisions of Articles 57 (1), (2), (3) of the constitution of the PDP”, while also stating that no date had been fixed for the inauguration of the committee.
In a related development, the Governor of Bayelsa State, Hon. Henry Dickson, who is PDP National Reconciliation Committee (NRC), Monday said the committee had succeeded in convincing the three members of the party; Abba Yale, Yahaya Sule and Bashir Maidugu, to withdraw their suit against the August 31 national convention of the party.
In a statement purportedly signed by the trio, they said: “We have the pleasure to announce the discontinuance of the law suit we instituted in pursuance of justice, equity and fair play.”
The trio, who pledged to submit their grievances to the reconciliation committee with a view to address the matter as a family matter in PDP, also pledged to support the party organise the national convention of the party.
But it was gathered that this was contrary to the development that took place at the Abuja High Court presided by Justice S.B. Belgore.
Meanwhile, the PDP yesterday said it had recognised one of the factions in Anambra State, led by Mr. Ken Emeakayi, as the authentic chairman of the party in the state.
Okeke, in a statement issued in Abuja, said the Emeakayi’s faction was the accepted faction to the national leadership of the party.
According to the statement, the party said: “Following comprehensive consultations with the major stakeholders of our great party in Anambra State coupled with the desire to have a strong and united party to effectively reposition the fortunes of the party at the November 16, 2013 Anambra State governorship election approaches, the leadership of the party hereby announces the decision to recognise Emeakayi as the substantive chairman of the party in Anambra State.
“All members of our party in Anambra State are hereby directed to work with Emeakayi towards achieving victory at the forthcoming governorship election in the state.”