National Convention: PDP dares INEC

…Says it’s not our supervisor

BY HENRY UMORU

ABUJA — THE national leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, yesterday, took a swipe at the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, over report on the party’s 2012 national convention, describing it as abnormal and sinister.

Answering questions from journalists yesterday, PDP National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh, who picked holes in INEC’s report on the March 2012 national convention that produced the current National Working Committee, NWC, led by Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, asked why the commission must wait for a year after a national convention before coming out with its report that is questionable.

Metuh, who noted that the action of INEC was a total conspiracy, mischief and totally unacceptable, however, boasted that the electoral body was incapable of removing the present leadership of the party.

He added:  ‘’Is INEC a supervisory body, why would INEC wait after a year, why did it not say it after a week; they are incapable of removing any NWC member. There is nothing unconstitutional that we have done.

“The report is sinister, abnormal, there is conspiracy, why is it coming now?  What is the motive?  Why now?  Whose interest is INEC protecting?  Who commissioned them? PDP is not INEC, why the special interest in PDP?  That is the question Nigerians should be asking INEC.

But at the national secretariat of the party, yesterday, there was apprehension as staff were seen discussing the unfolding scenario in groups, just as members of the NWC were locked in a meeting.

At the secretariat yesterday were the National Chairman, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur; Acting National Secretary, Solomon Onwe; National Organising Secretary, Alhaji Abubakar Mustapha; National Treasurer, Bala Kaoje; National Financial Secretary, Elder Bolaji Anani; National Woman Leader, Kema Chikwe and National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh.

Meanwhile, the national leadership of the PDP has summoned the Minister of Works, Arc. Mike Onolomemen, Minister of Youth Development, Alhaji Inuwa Abdulkadir, to appear before it  and brief on the programmes of their Ministries.

According to Metuh, ‘’Ministers are to brief the NWC on their respective policies and projects as well as the activities of parastatals and agencies under their ministries and how they have impacted on the Nigerian people.”

Also to appear are the Minister of Water Resources, Mrs. Sarah Ochekpe, and Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Arc Mohammed Musa Sada.

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