by WOLE OLADIMEJI
The post-election review committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday hinted that it would not hesitate to expose all party members that sabotaged the second term ambition of President Goodluck Jonathan.
The committee also said it would expose those who traded the interest of the party in other elections. The secretary of the committee, Dr. Walid Jubrin, who stated this at a press conference, declared that the committee would collect memoranda from all stakeholders in the party, noting that they would be fair to all. He however denied that the committee did not enjoy the blessings of the major stakeholders of the party before it was set up.
He added that they got the blessings of President Jonathan; the Vice President, Namadi Sambo; Board of Trustees Chairman, Tony Anenih and the Senate President, David Mark. Besides ascertaining the immediate and remote causes of the failure of the party at the 2015 polls, others terms of reference given to the committee when it was inaugurated two weeks ago, include to “ascertain the degree of anti-party activities, compromises and outright sabotage that may have contributed to the misfortunes of our party at the elections.”
They were also mandated “To look at the funding of the elections to determine whether or not the funds meant for the campaigns were adequate and whether disbursements were properly done.” But Jubrin who described the assignment given to the committee as very important said “we will be very fair to all, we will not leave any stone unturned, we will not fear anybody.
Anybody who is found wanting we will say so and we will state what we have found.” He, however, appealed to aggrieved members to be calm, adding that it would be unfair to preempt the outcome of the committee’s report. He further added that PDP was ready for repairs, adding that “we have accepted we are in the opposition and our opposition will be fair and not crude with reasoning and logic.
It will be fruitful for Nigerians. We won’t abuse anybody”. He noted that the three weeks time frame given to them by the party would be extended if necessary. Other terms of reference given to the committee include: “To trace the origin and process of the seeming decline of the party in its electoral performance; “To take a critical look at the preparations and build-up of the PDP to the general elections and determine its adequacies and lapses; “To review and determine the adequacy of the structures for the 2015 general elections and how those structures functioned; “To identify different groups in the party who were to play critical roles before and during the elections and determine the effectiveness or otherwise;
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