The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had demanded that fresh elections be conducted in the affected states.
And in a bid to resolve the lingering issue, President Goodluck Jonathan will today meet with INEC Chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega, and the commission’s legal team.
The planned dissolution of the party’s executive committees in the states is said to be in part-fulfillment of the demand of INEC in a recent letter the commission wrote to the party’s National Working Committee (NWC).
The states involved are Adamawa, Ogun, Delta, Imo, Plateau, Enugu, Bayelsa and Oyo. Governors of the affected states have also been put on notice by the NWC of the party.
Some PDP chieftains are querying the rationale behind INEC’s letter, saying the commission’s role is to just observe the congresses and not to affect them in any way by ordering for cancellation.
PDP governors had asked the party’s NWC members to remind INEC that its role is only to observe after a joint meeting they had on Tuesday.
The party’s National Legal Adviser, Chief Olusola Oke, said: “INEC’s role in this matter is merely observatory. There is no place in the statute book that the commission is empowered to direct the dissolution of any state chapter.”
“How legitimate are those decisions already taken in the affected states and by the NEC in Abuja if the state excos are dissolved?” a top officer of PDP asked last night.
There are fears that all decisions taken may then be challenged in court and declared a nullity.
INEC had in a letter, through its Secretary Abdullahi Kaugama, said that the 2008 congresses in the eight states were not acceptable to it.
A PDP official who does not want to be identified had told THISDAY that the party was perfecting its plans to implement the INEC advice.
“The NWC, which is determined to run an all-inclusive administration at the headquarters, is taking every step possible to ensure that the same standard applies at the state chapters,” he said.
But there are also fears that if the excos in the affected states are dissolved, the party may have a big crisis on its hand, which it will have to manage for a long time.
The opposition forces within the party have also been fingered in the dissolution move and it is feared that such groups may hijack the processes towards producing new state executives.
There have been speculations as well as denials of the NWC’s plan to sack officials of some of chapters of the party by the national headquarters of the party.
National Secretary of PDP, Alhaji Abubakar Kawu Baraje, had last week, while reacting to text messages on the rumoured dissolution of executive committees of six state chapters including Delta State, said: “We wish to place on notice that the chairman of PDP in Delta is Chief Peter Nwoboshi and we have directed him to react to the said text messages being branded about over the dissolution of the state executive chapter of the party.”