Sunday, 23 June, 2024


PDP: Secondus survives, gets reprieve with early convention

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The national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Prince Uche Secondus, yesterday, survived raging onslaught against his continued stay in office and got a soft landing a week after his position was threatened by a no confidence vote and mass resignation of some National Working Committee (NWC) members of the party.

Secondus survived increasing calls for his resignation as party leaders fixed the end of October for the national elective convention to elect its next national chairman, thereby getting a 10 weeks respite.

lthough the tenure of the incumbent NWC was due to elapse on December 6, stakeholders of the party made up of 13 governors, the Board of Trustees (BoT), and other organs of the party, brought the convention forward in what is seen as a move to placate anti-Secondus forces who have been pushing for his removal.

Addressing newsmen at the end of the meeting, which lasted for about three hours, Sokoto State governor and chairman of the PDP Governors’ Forum, Aminu Tambuwal, said a National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting will hold next week, after which a convention planning committee will be constituted.

The PDP has been experiencing an internal crisis leading to the resignation of at least seven principal officers. The party has also lost the Governors of Ebonyi, Cross River and Zamfara to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

On Monday, some party members held placards calling for the resignation of Secondus. Also, a caucus of the PDP at the House of Representatives accused Secondus of having “no clear roadmap, blueprint or policy programme for the party.” However, Secondus had said nothing, so far, warranted his resignation as national chairman.

Tambuwal, earlier in his opening remarks, charged Nigerians to dismiss insinuations that more governors will defect from PDP ahead of the 2023 general elections.

“You can see clearly that 13 out of 13 of your governors, your ambassadors are in this meeting, fully committed to not only resolving the issues at hand, but also working assiduously toward delivering good governance in our respective states and moving our party forward.

“Speaking on behalf of my colleagues, we have resolved that we are committed to remaining in PDP. Disregard any rumour that any of these distinguished leaders are going anywhere. We are in PDP, we are going to remain in PDP and by the grace of God, we shall be working together to salvage Nigeria.

“All parties should sheath their sword in the greater interest of the PDP and the need to rescue Nigeria from the avoidable national malaise and drift occasioned by the APC administration,” he added.

Tambuwal asked: “If you say you are going somewhere, where will you go to? The APC is not a party. They do not have ward structures as we speak. They do not have a local government structure, state structures and national structure as we speak. APC has never had, and is not having a Board of Trustees. So where are you going? Are you defecting to the Federal Government?”

MEANWHILE, the APC Governors have given the Mai Mala Buni-led Caretaker Extra-Ordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) the go-ahead to conduct the party’s national convention.

The Governors under the auspices of the Progressive Governors’ Forum (PGF) at a crucial meeting on Sunday reviewed the party’s July 31 ward congresses and directed the committee to proceed with other congresses that would culminate in the conduct of the national convention. This decision was contained in a communiqué signed by the PGF Chairman, Abubakar Bagudu, yesterday in Abuja.

The forum commended the progress so far by the caretaker committee in actualising the directive of the party’s National Executive Committee (NEC).

The statement reads in part: “Forum reaffirmed its support for the Caretaker Committee to proceed to conduct Local Government, State Congresses, and National Convention, in line with the mandate of the National Executive Committee.”

The forum also expressed delight with outcome of July 28 Supreme Court judgment on Ondo 2020 governorship election, stating it recognised the legal status of the APC Caretaker Committee.

Credit: The Guardian


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