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Ogbulafor may be arraigned today

By Jide Ajani

ABUJA—The  Independent Corrupt Practices Commission, ICPC, may possibly arraign Vincent Ogbulafor, National Chairman, Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, today, there are strong indications that tomorrow’s National Executive Committee, NEC, meeting of the party may not succeed in resolving the present impasse occasioned by the moves to ensure the ouster of Ogbulafor, that is, if the NEC meeting is not postponed again.  The outcome might be a stalemate and a resolution that more consultations are needed.

The stalemate may only be avoided should a proposed meeting scheduled for yesterday night between Acting President Goodluck Jonathan and the group proposed by founding chairman of PDP, Chief Solomon Lar, come up with a road map that would lead to the resolution of the crisis in the party.

As at the time of going to press, Vanguard has also learnt that the group pushing for the ouster of Ogbulafor as chairman is perfecting plans to re-enact an Ahmadu Ali-style imposition of a new party chairman consequent upon Tuesday’s meeting.

 Avoiding a Stalemate

Vanguard has learnt of a meeting, as at press time, which was expected to hold in Aso Rock Presidential Villa between Acting President Jonathan and a team of PDP elders, led by Solomon Lar.

The purpose of the meeting is to avoid a possible stalemate in tomorrow’s meeting as forces on both sides of the divide are bent on having their say and way.

Lar, it was gathered, will be asking Jonathan’s people who are seen as the architect of the present travails of Ogbulafor, to ensure that the PDP chairman is neither arraigned by the ICPC today or is forced to step aside at tomorrow’s NEC meeting.

Lar would also be requesting that the suspension of leaders of the Reform Forum of the PDP be lifted by the National Working Committee, NWC.

In addition, Lar and his group would also pray the Acting President to allow for wider consultations with a view to aggregating as many shades of opinion as possible on the way forward for the party.

This is coming at a time when the Reform Forum of the PDP led by Aminu-Bello Masari is insisting on the ouster of Ogbulafor.

 Ahmadu Ali-style imposition

But information at the disposal of Vanguard point to the fact of a determination to get Ogbulafor out.

The major plank of the attempt would be a forced resignation of Ogbulafor since, according to the constitution of the PDP, the NEC and NWC of the party can not remove a chairman from office.


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