PDP leadership confirms crisis, says internal conflict resolution mechanism activated to resolve problems

Prince Uche Secondus, the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)

The leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has confirmed the grievances of some of its officials and assured that the internal conflict resolution mechanism has been activated to resolve the problem which led to the resignation of 7 key officials.

Kola Ologbondiyan, the spokesman of the party, at a press briefing in Abuja urged stakeholders and other members of the party to remain calm, assuring that the issued would be resolved.

“The National Working Committee of our great party at it meeting today received the notice of the resignation from deputies who are elected members of the National Executive Committee.”

“The meeting of the National Working Committee and the deputies immediately took place to dialogue on the issues that were raised. The party will look into the grievances raised by members of NEC as well as members of the National Working Committee.

“The internal conflict resolution mechanism of our party has also been immediately activated to put these issues behind us. We call on all the leaders, stakeholder and members of our great party to remain calm as we collectively resolve these issues” he said

According to reports, some of the members who resigned accused the PDP NWC under Prince Uche Secondus of sidelining them. Adding that the resignation came following a long-standing sour relationship with the party chairman.

As seen on Daily Trust Newspaper, an undisclosed key member who also resigned yesterday, said; “incapacity and bad treatment” exhibited by Secondus were responsible for their action.

“The national chairman of PDP is not competent to manage the affairs of the party. He lacks the managerial capacity to manage PDP,” he said.

Another undisclosed aggrieved member said that since their election into office in 2017, the deputy national officers only met with Secondus three times.

“It is not as if he called us; on those three occasions, we sought audience with him and the most annoying part is that during Christmas and Sallah festivities, the NWC would visit our governors. They would collect money and other items but I can tell you that they don’t share anything with the deputies.”

“To him, we are just a necessary evil to be tolerated but never to be catered for. We all have our constituencies and our followers but from the way we are being treated, it appears they see us as nothing but appendages forced on them by the party’s constitution,” he said.

Diran Odeyemi, the Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, noted that Secondus met yesterday with the 7 members who resigned. He further revealed that talks is ongoing to resolve all the problems.

“I align myself with the decision of other deputies. I am their chairman, I am in London now, but I align with the decision of my colleagues. They met with Secondus today (yesterday) and talks continue.”

Udoh Okoye, the PDP National Youth Leader, called for the resignation of Secondus, saying that he is unable to resolve the crisis rocking the party.

“Mr Chairman has nothing to offer to the party; it’s only to come here and deceive us. There is a sharp division in our NWC right now; many more NWC members are more aggrieved than me.

“Today, I have asked him in our NWC meeting to resign his position as the chairman of this party because he cannot lead this party to victory. I am also asking the leaders, the governors, the founding fathers, the youth, the women to rise up to rescue our party from the hand of an incompetent leader like Secondus because he is not willing to take us anywhere,” he said.

In his reaction, Secondus in a statement through his aide said; “The media office of the national chairman has described as unfortunate the statement from the party’s national youth leader calling on the national chairman of the party, Prince Uche Secondus, to resign from his position.

“The agenda of Hon. Udo Okoye and his sponsors are to take this party back to Egypt but they have failed because the party is focused and unwilling to look back as they match towards regaining power.”

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