by Solomon Osadolo
Fresh from inaugurating a National Reconciliation Committee headed by Gov. Seriake Dickson, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has also announced the composition of a National Disciplinary Committee to be headed by second republic minister, Umaru Dikko. It is like a carrot (reconciliation) and stick (discipline) approach or an amnesty committee/state of emergency approach, if you like.
This was announced in a statement by the acting national publicity secretary, Tony Okeke, on Monday.
Okeke said that the appointment is pursuant to the provisions of Articles 57 (1), (2), (3) of the Constitution of the Party.
Dikko, who is 77 years old, was a very controversial figure in the administration of former president Shehu Shagari where he served as minister of transport after serving as campaign manager to the former president. He was accused of high level corruption – embezzling the sum of $1bn in 1983 but fled into exile in London after Muhammadu Buhari overthrew the Shagari government. An attempt to kidnap and return him back to the country by the military regime of Muhammadu Buhari failed thanks to a British Customs Offcer.
Other members of the disciplinary committee are, King A.J. Turner, Deputy Chairman, Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, Shuaibu Oyedokun, Nana Ayishat Kadiri, and Hussaini Diraki Emmanuel Agboti, a senator is the secretary of the committee.
Mr. Okeke added that the committee shall be inaugurated by the National Chairman, Bamanga Tukur, at a date to be announced later.