National Chairmanship Tussle: PDP Breaks Into Factions

Few hours after the condemnation of Ahmed Gulak’s attempt to seize the chairmanship of the Peoples Democratic Party,PDP, by the governors elected under the platform of the PDP, they have now requested the acting National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus to immediately leave office.

The powerful bloc in the party asked him to handover the running of the party’s secretariat to the National Secretary, Prof. Wale Oladipo, and return to his position as the Deputy National Chairman.
This decision was taken by the PDP Governors’ Forum at its meeting on Wednesday night.

Meanwhile, the National Working Committee, NWC, of the party has contradicted the party’s governors, informing members of the party across the nation that there has not been any change in the leadership composition of the party at the national level.

It noted that for the avoidance of doubt, “the statutory organs of the party, the NWC, National Caucus, BoT and NEC will be meeting next week to deliberate on some developments including the replacement, from the North East of Alhaji Adamu Muazu, who resigned as the National Chairman of the party.”

National Legal Adviser of the party, Barr. Victor Kwon, in a statement he issued on Wednesday, stated that, “The replacement will be in strict adherence to the provisions of the constitution of our great party as specified in section 47(6). Until then, the status quo remains, which means the Deputy National Chairman Prince Uche Secondus, remains as the Acting National Chairman.
“Furthermore, it must be reiterated that all relevant stakeholders of our party, including the PDP Governor’s Forum, National Caucus and the Board of Trustees (BoT) as well as our leadership structures at all levels are united behind the current National Working Committee in the efforts to rebuild, reposition and strengthen our party for the challenges ahead.

“The leadership of our party has resolved to remain focused and not be distracted by the unpatriotic actions of the former Political Adviser to the former President because we are privy to his agenda of being an agent of destabilization in the party.

“While urging all members, especially those with various aspirations to dedicate to actions that unite rather than divide our ranks, the NWC wishes to assure of its unflinching commitment to the wider interest of the party, especially at this challenging time.”

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