By Henry Umoru
Abuja- THERE are strong indications that the National Working Committee (NWC) of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) may be boxed to eat its words and reinstate the dissolved Plateau State Executive Committee of the party.
The move by the national leadership of the party, as gathered, may not be unconnected to widespread criticisms that have continued to trail the dissolution of the structure and irreconcilable differences by the stakeholders and party members in the state.
Meanwhile, the party through its National Publicity Secretary, Professor Rufai Ahmed Alkali, in a statement yesterday said â€œthe decision by the NWC has not been targeted at any individual or group but has been taken in the overall interest of the party and the peaceful coexistence of all citizens of Plateau State and it stands.â€
The NWC had, without tabling the issue before the partyâ€™s National Executive Committee (NEC), dissolved the elected state, local government and ward executives in Zamfara, Bauchi, Imo, and lately Plateau, though the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) that supervised the congresses had complained about the decision of the PDP.
According to a member of the NWC at the partyâ€™s National Secretariat, â€œthe party national leadership is â€œseriously concernedâ€ about the attention the dissolution of some of its executive committees is attracting especially as it was alleged to have been carried out against the provisions of the party constitution, and by extension, the principles of rule of law which one of the cardinal points of President Umaru Yarâ€™ Adua 7-point agenda.
â€œWe are looking at the whole picture especially the issues raised by INEC, the issue of their four-year tenure, the issue of the powers of the NWC and we (NWC) donâ€™t want to be seen as working at cross purpose with Mr. President who is the leader of our party,â€ he said.
The national leader of the party who noted that the party had received INECâ€™s letter over the dissolution of the Zamfara State executive committee, however, stressed that when the NWC was through with that of Zamfara, it would then use it as case study to address the problem of other states that their executives were dissolved.