PDP Holds National Convention in October…As Secondus Survives Removal Plot

PDP Holds National Convention in October…As Secondus Survives Removal Plot

NEC Meets to Ratify Decisions soon. Consensus Reached by all Party Organs. Zoning Committee to be inaugurated Soon. New Time-table for Congresses and Convention to be approved. PDP Governors in the Driver’s Seat. A major implosion of the main opposition party, the PDP, has been averted as elders and different organs of the party consensually

NEC Meets to Ratify Decisions soon.

Consensus Reached by all Party Organs.

Zoning Committee to be inaugurated Soon.

New Time-table for Congresses and Convention to be approved.

PDP Governors in the Driver’s Seat.

A major implosion of the main opposition party, the PDP, has been averted as elders and different organs of the party consensually agreed to fast-forward its national convention earlier scheduled for December to October, while allowing its national chairman Prince Uche Secondus and the National Working Committee to hold sway in office till then.

That brings to a temporary end the persistent calls and agitations to force the national chairman to resign. The Party is to set up a committee that would work out zoning of offices. A meeting of the National Executive Committee is to hold soon to ratify all decisions and approve the composition of the Convention Planning Committee.

In a no-winner, no vanquished outlook that followed two nights of long knives in the PDP, all frayed nerves appeared to have settled. For weeks those who insisted on the removal of Prince Uche Secondus as national chairman have locked horns with those who wanted him to stay. This divided the party down the line with the ranks of PDP Governors equally polarized. For three consecutive days, there have been daily protests and counter protests by Party members at the Wadata House housing the Secretariat of the Party.

At the meeting, where truce was brokered, an attempt to disenfranchise members of the Uche Secondus-led National Committee from contesting in the upcoming national convention did not succeed as members of the elders argued that this would amount to an anti-democratic move. There were moves to extract commitment from Secondus and members of the National Working Committee to forfeit their rights to seek re-election in the forthcoming national convention as part of the peace moves.

But this could not sail through as majority felt the individual NWC members should be allowed to take such personal decisions themselves. Those against buttressed their argument latching on Section 47 (1) of the PDP Constitution 2017 (as Amended) gives NWC members the right to occupy offices for a maximum of two terms of four years each.

It is being speculated that the Party may use the instrumentality of zoning to calm nerves and remove Uche Secondus from the race by zoning the position of Party chairman to another zone apart from the South South. But, how far this may succeed is yet to be seen as Uche Secondus is a known veteran in party politicking.

The PDP Governors who are the cash-cows as major financiers of the Party anchored all processes leading to the peaceful resolution of the crisis that has unruffled feathers for about two weeks now. Our governors drove the process. They met with PDP caucus in the National Assembly and the national chairman before joining a larger meeting of the BoT and Party elders.

The expanded meeting of all the organs of the party met for about three hours and after due consultations, a communique of the meeting was released.

The Chairman of the PDP Governors’ Forum and Governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Tambuwal, who read the communiqué to journalists, described the meeting as successful.

He said: “There were extensive consultations with all major stakeholders in the party including the governors, members of the Board of Trustees, former presiding Officers and current principal officers and leaders from the National Assembly, former governors, former ministers, and indeed other leaders of the party with a view to bringing all tendencies within the party together in view of the urgent task facing the party as the only viable vehicle to checkmate the abysmally poor governance of the APC- led Federal Government.

“The meeting deliberated extensively on the issues thrown up and resolved as follows:

“That, the constitution, traditions and practices of the party should be strictly adhered to in finding solutions to any problem.
“That all parties should sheathe their swords 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.

“That all processes leading to an early national convention in October be immediately activated by relevant party organs, especially the National Executive Committee.

“That the party should redouble efforts to provide a credible alternative leadership for Nigeria as it still remains the only hope for the Nigerian people for good governance.

“The meeting requested the NEC to immediately constitute a zoning committee for party offices and another committee for national elective offices.

“The meeting expressed appreciation to party elders for their commitment and wisdom in handling party affairs.” Governor Tambuwal said.

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