Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) leadership crisis may be sky rocketing as PDP governors have asked the Acting National Chairman of the party, Prince Uche Secondus, to immediately vacate his office. They also asked Secondus to handover the leadership of the party to the National Secretary, Prof. Adewale Oladipo, pending the time the party will appoint a replacement from the North-East.
The governors forum also disowned former Special Adviser to former President Goodluck Jonathan, Alhaji Ahmed Gulak, who stormed the Secretariat with his supporters on Wednesday and declared himself National Chairman.
Gulak had cited the court’s judgement of December 15, 2015, which gave Uche Secondus 14-days to vacate office, explaining that more than 40 days after the court ruling, Mr. Secondus was yet to step down in line with the court’s decision, which therefore made him attempt to take over the party through the back door.
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In a communiqué issued at the end of the PDP Governors Forum meeting late on Wednesday night in Abuja, the governors anchored their decision in line with Secondus refusal to respect the judgment of an FCT High Court which last December ordered him to vacate office for some other person from the North East zone.
Chairman of the Forum, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko who read the communiqué on behalf of his colleagues said;
“We take cognizance of the judgment by the court in Abuja which ordered the acting chairman to vacate office for any other person from the North-East zone of Nigeria.
“Our party’s constitution has enough provisions for that and the necessary process has been put in motion.
“In recognizance of the judgment the court gave, we call on the National Secretary to take over the leadership of the party immediately and that is in line with the provisions of the PDP constitution,” Mimiko had read.
On the issue of former Political Adviser to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, Barrister Ahmed Gulak who unilaterally imposed the party’s chairmanship on himself on Wednesday, the governors said;
“The invasion of the party headquarters by Ahmed Ali Gulak who reportedly assumed the chairmanship of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is regrettable and condemnable,” Mimiko said.
According to the governors, the issue of the chairmanship of the party would soon be resolved to enable someone from the Northeast complete the tenure of the last national chairman, Adamu Muazu who resigned in May 2015 after the party’s woeful performance in the last general elections.
“The appropriate organs of the party will meet soonest to elect a national chairman of the party from the appropriate zone,” he said.
But in a swift response, the party’s National Working Committee (NWC) of the PDP, in a statement signed by the National Legal Adviser, Victor Kwon, has on Thursday however announced that the National Executive Committee (NEC) would meet next week to resolve crucial issues affecting the party, including the replacement of Prince Secondus.
It however, declared that Secondus would remain as the acting chairman as there has not been any change in the leadership composition of the party at the national level, until a decision is taken in that regards by NEC.
“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.
“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,” Victor Kwon said.
Both Gulak and Chief Secondus have dared the PDP Governors Forum, promising not to leave the stage. In statements released yesterday, Gulak argued that the governors were ill advised on the matter, similarly Secondus has told the PDP Governors, “I won’t go.”