Crisis Rocks PDP Over Ward Congresses

May 06 19:16 2020

Another major crisis has again erupted in the main opposition Political
Party, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, over the inauguration of the
new Ward Executive Committees of the Party nationwide in which accusing
fingers are being pointed at its National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus
and National Working Committee, NWC, of mismanaging the exercise because
of their “personal interest”.
Findings revealed that the tenures of the occupants, going by the
Constitution of the Party, expired by 11 59 pm of Thursday last week and
while the new Excos were expected to be inaugurated on Friday May 1, in
those states where the Congresses had already been concluded before the
lockdown orders occasioned by the Coronvirus pandemic in the country..

It was gathered that the fresh crisis had sharply divided the NWC with
some members accusing the National Chairman of the Party, Prince
Secondus of not implementing the collective decisions of the body to the
letter on vital issues for the progress of the Party

According to one of the aggrieved members of the NWC, “all is not well
in the Party right now, our National Chairman is the only one that can
explain the case of the current issues being raised concerning the
inauguration of the Ward Excos because we sat as a body and resolved
that the exercise should be put on hold in some places such as Ekiti,
Kano, Cross Rivers and others where we had some issues to be resolved,
but to the surprise of every one, the Press statement on the decision
was never made public

“Findings revealed that the non-release of the statement at the
appropriate time gave room for manipulations. For instance, in Ekitii
State where we have some issues to resolve, two parallel Excos were
inaugurated, one on Thursday and the second one on Thursday, we even
learnt they went to court over the matter under this lockdown

“Our take is that if the National Chairman had allowed the Press
statement as resolved by the NWC, there would not be room for the
shortcomings we are witnessing now, am afraid if something is not done
urgently to rescue the Party, we should as well forget 2023

“Another issue of contention we been battling with is the blank
suspension slammed on some of our law makers in the House of
Representatives, it was supposed to last for a month but look at where
we are now, we never tabled its extension at any of our meetings, the
Chairman only extended it by fiat through a Press statement

“Anyway, some of us kicked against it because of the realities on
ground, PDP is not the only Party that makes up of the Minority in the
House, others met and they elected their leaders which were ratified by
the House, we think those who are representing us are doing very
excellent based on their brilliant performances, they are our first
Eleven, we don’t know why the Chairman is looking at other way

“The time has come when the Chairman of the PDP Governors’ Forum, Alhaji
Aminu Tambuwal, a former Speaker of the House of Representatives to wade
into the matter before the affected law makers will be frustrated to
dump the Party

Efforts to speak with the National Publicity Secretary NPS of the Party,
Me Kola Ologbondiyan over matter proved abortive as at the Press time

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