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PDP Workers Win BoT Support Against NWC

Aggrieved Staff Of PDP Headquarters Threaten To Publish Incriminating Documents Against Nwc Members As BoT Shows Support

The crises rocking the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) are yet to abate as some members of the Board of Trustees and National Executive Committee have allegedly concurred with the aggrieved staffers on the demand for the sacking of the National Working Committee.

This was the fallout of the meeting between the former BoT members and some past national chairmen of the party and few staffers and arrow head of the onslaught against the NWC.

Former leaders of the party said they were embarrassed by the outing of the party in the last elections and more embarrassed by the manner in which the NEC members carried on in spite of the loss.

They also assured the aggrieved workers of their support, a source who attended the meeting told our correspondent. They said the NWC should have thrown in the towel and quit after the former national chairman, Alhaji Adamu Muazu resigned in the heat of the election loss controversy.

According to our source, the feeling among BoT and NEC members is that since members of the NWC led the party to such an unprecedented defeat in 16 years, they ought to have done the honourable thing and resigned to allow others to rebuild the party. The source said the NWC lacks the moral rights to implement the report of the Ike Ekweremadu committee, which was set up to evaluate the circumstance that led to the defeat of the party at the 2015 general election.

Arguing that should the committee findings and recommendation indict the NWC, it would not be expected to implement the report judiciously and in the direction that would be expected. Meanwhile the workers have threatened to release treasury documents that would let the public into the methods used by the NWC to milk the party thereby dwindling its fortunes. The documents, leaders of the aggrieved workers said, would be released in phases.

Disturbed by the development, the Prince Uche Secondus-led NWC yesterday engaged the leaders of the workers in a dialogue with the aimof resolving the problem. The management of the party, comprising directors, held a meeting for several hours with leaders of the workers Welfare Committee at the national secretariat over the grievances of the workers.

The UNION learnt that the NWC was plotting to sack most of the workers over inability to manage their wages and allowances. The directors were also scheduled to meet with the NWC members at an undisclosed location in Abuja. However, it was gathered that the BoT will likely give approval for the revalidation of the workers to weed out those suspected to have spied on the party.

A ranking member of the BoT, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said some of the workers were brought into the party by persons who have since defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The UNION learnt that the PDP strongly believes that some of its staff, who owe allegiance to politicians that facilitated their employment at the party headquarters, would have been passing sensitive information, and documents, to such persons even after they have left the party.

He, however, gave assurance that the BoT will not allow anyone to witch-hunt any innocent worker in the process of the revalidation exercise. The directive of the NWC to the workers, some of whom have worked for the party for 16 years, to go back to their respective state chapter chairmen to get clearance letters was one of the major grievances of the workers.

-Patrick Osadebamwen, Abuja

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