By Henry Umoru
ABUJA— PRESIDENT Goodluck Jonathan, yesterday, called for a holistic reformation of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, just as he stressed the need for discipline among members of the party.
Vanguard gathered that Jonathan told the national leadership, stakeholders, members of the national caucus and that of the Board of Trustees, BoT, of the PDP at the end of both meetings held at the Presidential Villa, Monday and Tuesday, that it had become imperative to reform the party especially against the backdrop of crisis in some of the states.
At the end of the meetings ahead of today’s National Executive Committee, NEC, meeting, decisions taken at the National Caucus and the BoT meetings would be ratified as Acting National Chairman, Abubakar Kawu Baraje and the Acting National Secretary, Dr. Musa Babayo, would then be given the full authority to carry on in their new assignments.
It would be recalled that Baraje was the National Secretary while Babayo was the Deputy National Secretary. Following the exit of the former Acting National Chairman, Dr. Bello Haliru Mohammed who is now the Minister of Defence, the responsibility fell on Baraje as the most senior officer in the National Working Committee, NWC.
Vanguard gathered that January next year was fixed subject to ratification by NEC today as the month for the Special National Convention where the present NWC members that came on board March 8, 2008 would round off and a new leadership put in place.
According to the source, the NWC had earlier proposed November, but there were superior arguments of the Sallah, and after that Christmas, so there was the need for all members to be carried along.