The National Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Wednesday received draft constitution of the party, with the assurance that it will ensure inclusiveness for women and youths in highest decision making level of the party.
Also former Deputy Senate President, Alhaji Ibrahim Mantu, who is a member of the committee, said the draft constitution will plug all loopholes exploited for manipulation in the party.
But court acclaimed national chairman of the PDP and erstwhile political adviser to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, Ahmed Gulak, described the action of the NWC as illegal.
The NWC had setup a 50-man committee to review the party’s constitution as part of the re-building process of the PDP.
Acting national chairman of PDP, Uche Secondus, while receiving the draft amendment from the chairman of the committee and legal adviser of the party, Victor Kwon, said the draft document will be distributed to all the states and organs of the party to study and make their inputs where necessary for the development of the party ahead of the convention.
Secondus, who said the PDP is the first to review its constitution after failing at the 2015 general elections, challenged the governing All Progressives Congress, APC, to follow cue and capture the interest of the people for popular leadership.
Speaking at the presentation of the draft constitution, Mantu said “once the constitution of the party is done rightly, I have no doubts in my mind that the PDP will soon regain its long glory. Please keep this, anything you do, if there is transparency, if there is openness, the good Lord will always be with you. Where you give an assignment and you want to achieve something else, like others are doing, it will not get anywhere.
“The PDP definitely after it might have adopted this constitution we are going to have the best of constitution any political party in Nigeria because we have brought a lot of experience to bear.
“We were the ones doing some of the wrong things, so we now know where we were wrong and we now know where to correct them. So, this constitution is a document of a born again people.
“Nigerians by the grace of God will enjoy this constitutions because we have blocked all the place for any manipulation, no room for any manipulation. No way for manipulations anymore”.
In his reaction, the spokesman for the Gulak faction, Bernard Mikko, said the NWC under the leadership of Secondus is acting illegally.
Mikko, recalled the December 2015 ruling of an Abuja High Court, which barred Secondus from occupying the national chairmanship position, saying “today, another motion for stay of execution filed by Uche Secondus challenging the judgment of the FCT High Court was also struck out at the Court of Appeal in Abuja presided over by Hon. Justice A. A Adumein. With this development of serially disobeying a subsisting order of the court, Secondus has placed himself above the law of the land and should be held accountable”.