22 January 2009

Nigeria: Kaduna PDP Sets Up Disciplinary C'ttee

A seven-member disciplinary committee has been inaugurated by the Kaduna State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in an effort to entrench discipline and orderliness within the party.

Speaking at the inauguration yesterday in Kaduna, state PDP chairman Alhaji Yau Usman Jama'a said setting up the committee marked a beginning of PDP's plan to internalise a refined democratic culture devoid of any ambiguity.

He added that the committee will also serve as an avenue where everyone will be accountable to his or her conscience.

The chairman maintained that no society can make any meaningful progress when its laws were being undermined.

Jama'a urged members of the committee to "treat every offender or accused as innocent until proven guilty." He said no individual or group of individuals should be allowed to engage in activities capable of disrupting the peace, lawful and efficient conduct of party business.

"The ultimate goal of the committee is to set standards and ensure effectiveness and discipline in the conduct of our affairs. Scapegoats should not be made out of innocent, the mighty should not equally be allowed to trample upon the rights of the weak and vice versa.The committee must defend the cause of the party and its government at all levels," the chairman said.

At the event, Governor Mohammed Namadi Sambo expressed dismay at how some of the party members engage in unnecessary talk about the party through the media stressing that such acts are against the party's constitution thus faces the committee's action.

The committee is to be chaired by Retired col. Yohanna Mamman Dickson.

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