…pledges processes will make a Northeast candidate to emerge chair soon
…No change in leadership – NWC
Patrick Osadebamwen, Abuja
Professor Adewale Oladipo, has been directed by the Governors of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to take over the leadership of the party before a Northeastern member would emerge from the internal mechanism.
Addressing Journalist Wednesday Night at the PDPG Forum Secretariat in Abuja, chairman of the PDP Governors Forum, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko asked Prince Uche Secondus to handover the leadership of the party to the National Secretary, Prof Adewale Oladipo.
Mimiko said the issue of the chairmanship of the party will be resolved very soon to enable someone from the North East complete the tenure of the last national chairman, Adamu Muazu, who resigned after leading the party to its fatal political outung for the first time in the last 16 years.
The Forum also described Ahmed Gulak’s, self declaration as chairman of the party as an attempt to take over the party through the back door even as the forum said his action was an invasion of the Party’s secretariat.
“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 stated.
The PDP governors condemned the refusal of the Acting Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus to respect the Court Judgement that demand he vacated the office for someone from the Northeast to take over and complete the tenure of the region.
“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 constitution has enough provisions for that and the necessary process has been put in motion.”
The Ondo state governor said this after reading the communiqué of the Forum’s meeting on behalf of his colleagues.
“The invasion of the party headquarters today by Ahmed Ali Gulak who reportedly assumed the Chairmanship of the Peoples’ Democratic Party is regrettable and condemnable.”
“The appropriate organs of the party will meet soonest to elect a national chairman of the party from the appropriate zone.”
On the Wednesday Supreme Court judgment on the governorship elections in two states, the PDP Governors Forum expressed their pleasure over the verdicts.
“We congratulate our brothers and colleagues, Barrister Nyesom Wike and Engr. Dave Umahi over today’s victory where the Supreme Court affirmed their election as the Governors of Rivers and Ebonyi States respectively.”
In a swift reactions to the position of the PDP governors Forum the National Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party said there has not been any form of change in its leadership composition.
The NWC in a statement signed by the party’s National Legal Adviser Victor Kwon said the Deputy National chairman, Prince Uche Secondus remains the Acting Chairman of the PDP.
It said the various organs of the party responsible for activating the processes for the emergence of a chairman from the Northeast will be meeting next week to resolve the issue.
The statement reads in part: “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.”