By Henry Umoru
ABUJA—MOVES by National Chairman of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, to make the National Executive Committee, NEC, ratify the former Lagos State Deputy Governor, Mr. Femi Pedro as Chairman of the new National Disciplinary Committee of the party, has been rejected.
Pedro’s name was contained in an internal memo dated July 16, 2012 by Tukur, inviting members of NEC to the 60th meeting to “note the reconstitution of the committee and ratify the membership of the National Disciplinary Committee.”
It was also gathered that Pedro’s name was dropped because he was relatively new in PDP to head such a sensitive position of reconciling aggrieved members of the party as well as states with crisis, when he does not know much about the history of the party.
A source at the meeting said his name was immediately dropped by NEC as soon as the PDP National Chairman presented the memo.
NEC members were said to have raised questions on his suitability to handle such a position against the backdrop that though he indicated interest in the position of National Secretary during the campaign for the election of the current NWC, he just defected to PDP after his sojourn in Alliance for Democracy, AD, where he was a deputy governor and recently Labour Party, LP, where he contested the 2007 governorship election in Lagos State.
Other members of the new Committee as presented by Tukur included Chief Okey Ezenwa, South-East; Chidi Wiyo-ka, South-South; Tanimu Adamson, North-Central; Yakubu Shehu, North-West; Yusuf Jangawe, North-East and Mrs Bola Doherty, South-West.
Vanguard gathered that President Goodluck Jonathan was said to have queried the jettisoning of the established tradition of having the Deputy National Chairmen head the Committee with the Deputy National Secretary of the party as Secretary.