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S-West PDP backs dissolution of cabinet

By Ola Ajayi
The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the South West has thrown its weight behind the dissolution of the Federal Executive Council by the Acting President, Goodluck Jonathan, promising to give him support as he steers the ship of the nation.

The party also promised the South West zone and other stakeholders that the 2011 elections will be more democratic than the previous elections.

These promises were made yesterday by the National Vice Chairman, South West, Alhaji Tajudeen Oladipo while speaking with newsmen on the party’s plan to flag off rally in preparation for the election.

He said, “PDP will be more democratic than before,” noting that all parties in the country lacked internal democracy.

For proper entrenchment of internal democracy, he unfolded plans of the party to have a retreat with all its members so as to sensitize them on the need to have true democratic principles.

He argued that if a viable democratic principle is followed in the coming election, it would reduce internal crises which had been rocking the boat of the party in all the South West states for quite sometime now.

When discussing steps the party would take to reduce internal wrangling, he said, “ In as much as they see that we are truly democratic and internal democracy is observed, crises will reduce”.

He was very evasive on the suit filed by the loyalists of the Oyo State Governor, Otunba Adebayo Alao-Akala, saying he would not want to dabble into a matter that had already been listed in court.

He said for the umpteenth time that the zonal leadership of the party would not tolerate the situation where some members of the party would breach protocol and go straight to the national secretariat of the party to lodge complaints on any controversial issue.

He insisted that the zonal leadership had to be accorded its rightful place. On the crises in Ogun and Lagos States, he hinted that all efforts had been put in place to bring lasting peace.

And making particular reference to the crisis-ridden Oyo PDP, he explained that the Ike Nwachukwu-led committee had submitted its reports to the National Working Committee of the party but decision was yet to be taken on the issue.

…It’s not wise to dissolve cabinet, says David West

AS the dissolution of the cabinet by Acting President, Goodluck Jonathan continues to receive accolades from many Nigerians, a former Minister of Petroleum, Prof. Tam David-West has differed in his views, saying the action was ill-timed as the tenure of the administration is so short.

While advising the Acting President to tread softly, he suggested that Jonathan should have squarely faced the electoral reform and pursue it to a logical conclusion.

The ex-minister who was speaking Thursday in Ibadan maintained that instead of dissolving the entire cabinet, the Acting President should have carried out a minor cabinet reshuffle.

The Professor of Virology said, “The decision to dissolve the cabinet is not wise. He has less than one year. So it is ill-advised to make any major fundamental change in governance. I’m advising him as a person to yield to the moral philosophy entrenched in the Hausa language: Ankali, ankali (exercise caution).

Making allusion to a book Machiavelli the Prince, he said it was written in the book that the prince must himself be wise in order to be wisely advised by his advisers.

Professor David-West argued that Acting President Jonathan has an input in President Yar’Adua’s cabinet. So, it can’t be called Yar’Adua’s cabinet but that of both of them because the constitution, in establishing the Office of the Vice President, says that the VP should be an associate of the President.

According to him, it might be stressful sourcing for right calibre of people across the country to keep the wheel of governance going adding that the Ag. President should refrain from involving in many things but should tackle few things so that he could achieve commendable success.

On the Niger Delta issue, he is of the view that Dr Jonathan can still make impact but given the little time that the present administration would hold the baton, he may not be able to do much.


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