Following yesterday’s mass resignation of its seven national officers, the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Prince Uche Secondus, may be shown the exit door for peace to reign in the main opposition party.
This is as the Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) deliberated on the future of embattled Chairman of the Party on Wednesday.
News had reported that PDP Governors’ Forum had on Tuesday night appealed to party stakeholders to remain calm following the resignation of seven members of the party’s National Working Committee (NWC).
The seven officials – the Deputy National Publicity Secretary, Diran Odeyemi; Deputy National Legal Adviser, Ahmed Bello; Deputy National Women Leader, Umoru Hadizat; Deputy National Auditor Divine Amina Arong; Deputy National Organizing Secretary, Hassan Yakubu; and Deputy National Financial Secretary, Irona Alphonsus; resigned from their positions on Tuesday.
They cited the poor handling of the party’s affairs by the National Chairman, Uche Secondus; as the major reason for their decision to resign from key party organ.
In a bid to resolve the in-fighting, the committee presided over by the Deputy National Chairman North, Senator Suleman Nazif met at ‘Legacy House’ from 9pm Tuesday to about 3am on Wednesday in a desperate move to save the party and give the embattled National Chairman a soft landing, News gathered exclusively from a high-placed source.
The meeting reviewed recent developments in the party and resolved to continue deliberations on Sunday August 8, to enable all members to be in attendance before taking a final decision.
Sources close to the meeting which was well attended further told our correspondent that the chairman was excluded to allow members of the NWC express their minds dispassionately.
Members are said to be unanimous on the failure of the National Chairman and resolved to take ‘painful but decisive’ actions to save the party. They may in their next meeting, call for the immediate resignation of Prince Uche Secondus in order to save the Party.
A member of the NWC, who prepared anonymity, said Nigerians are looking up to PDP to save the country and “we cannot fold our hands and allow the selfish interests of one person dash our collective National redemption mission”.
But in another twist, the PDP National Youth leader, Udeh Okoye, has threatened to dump the party if the PDP National Chairman, Uche Secondus, failed to resign from his position.
In a statement he issued on Tuesday, Okoye accused Secondus of lacking the capacity to take the party to the next level, describing him as a weak and incompetent leader.
“He (Secondus) is not willing to take us anywhere, he is just there to make sure he enriches himself. I am here to make it very clear to all Nigerians that if Secondus does not resign, I am going to leave the party and resign for him to eat the party and own the party.
“The governors, if they don’t wade into this matter right now, if the leaders don’t wade into this matter right now, I assure every Nigerian that within the next three or four days, my letter will be public,” Okoye said.