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OBJ’s allies storm PDP Reform Forum

By Henry Umoru
ABUJA—POLITICAL aides of former President Olusegun Obasanjo have literarily stormed the ex-Senate President Ken Nnamani led Peoples Democratic Reform Forum as new members.

They were very active and conspicuous at the PDP Reform Forum held, yesterday, at the Kwali Hall of the Sheraton Hotel and Towers. The theme of the conference was “Political Reform as a sine qua non for electoral Reform.”

Olusegun Obasanjo

It was, however, noted that the Reform Forum was gradually becoming a coalition of strange bed fellows as some of them that sat in the same hall never saw eye to eye when Obasanjo held sway at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa.

In his keynote address, entitled “Political Party Reform as a sine-qua-non for Electoral Reform,” former Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Kanu Agabi warned that if the PDP failed to put its house in order, other opposition political parties would have a feast of the Party.

It was further observed that the PDP bigwigs shared one thing in common: They were all men and women of yesterday. None of them is holding any elective or appointive position at present and practically majority of them had problems at home with their state governors or the party structure.

Obasanjo “boys” who served during his administration and present at the meeting were  former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, his Justice Ministry counterpart, Kanu Agabi; ex-Minister of Transport, Abiye Sekibo;  ex-Minister of the Federal Capital Territory Administration, FCTA, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai as well as Obasanjo’s Special Adviser on Project Monitoring and Evaluation, Professor  Julius Ihonvbere.

Also present were the immediate past Minister of Foreign Affairs and former National Secretary of the PDP, Chief Ojo Maduekwe, former Governor of Rivers State, Dr. Peter Odili, Musa Elayo;  Professor Femi Otubanjo, Akin Oshuntokun and National Secretary of the PDP, Chief Bernard Eze.

At the end of the meeting, the forum raised a communiqué which stressed that all PDP governments at all levels must be guided by the vision, manifesto and programmes of the Party.

The communiqué said: “The party must revisit all sections of Party Constitution that militate against internal democracy. Conflicts, disputes and competition within the Party should be resolved. Party finances, congresses and convention should be organized and conducted in a transparently, egalitarian and all inclusive manner”.


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