By Henry Umoru

Abuja- The National Executive  Committee, NEC, of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has dissolved the party’s Reform Forum led by former Senate President and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Senator Ken Nnamani and Aminu Bellon Masari.

Also, the NEC of the party has declared that no other group can emerge from within the party, no matter how altruistic its agitation.

These were some of the decisions taken at last Thursday’s NEC meeting of the PDP where some leaders of the party openly lampooned members of the Reform Forum.

Sunday Vanguard was informed that once the meeting got underway and acting Chairman, Bello Mohammed, who presided, shared copies of the letter written by the Forum to NEC, first to react was Senator Abubakar Sodangi, from Nasarawa State who warned NEC against tolerating such a group on the ground that if serious steps were not taken, others might emerge and disorganize the party.

Sunday Vanguard gathered that it was at that point that the Rivers State Governor, Chibuike Amaechi stood up to restate what Sodangi had said, saying the actions of the body must not be tolerated by NEC.

After Governor Amaechi, his Enugu State counterpart, Sullivan Chime, raised a constitutional matter that any group of persons forming another group outside the PDP should be seen as antagonists and must be punished for it.

Former Chairman of the party, Amadu Ali made his position known by describing the members of the PDP Reform Forum as prodigal sons.

He stressed that members of the group should be happy that President Goodluck Jonathan asked the party to lift the suspension slammed on them by the NWC and they are back to the party.

An attempt to save the situation was made by Chief Emmanuel Iwuayanwu who called for caution in the handling of the matter because if the issue was not solved properly, anyone could wake up tomorrow and form another group to oppose the party.

According to the source, Masari, who was the butt of all the punches, could no longer curtail the embarrassment and to save the PDP Reform Forum, he started by raising his voice, tongue-lashing the state governors in the process.

Masari said as members of the party and as Nigerians, they have the right to form a group, adding that the governors must realize that the country’s constitution does not recognise the Nigeria Governors’ Forum(NGF) which they are running.

President Jonathan, who also attended the meeting watched as the drama continued.


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