Secondus’ Travails, Count Me Out – Atiku

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  • Embattled PDP Chairman seeks truce, begs aggrieved officers

Nigeria’s Former Vice President and Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 general elections, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has distanced himself from the current travails of National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus and raging turbulence within the opposition party.

This is as he also debunked speculations that mounting pressure for Secondus’ removal from office is due to his recent meeting with the Rivers State Governor, Barrister Nyesom Wike in Port Harcourt

Speaking through Paul Ibe, his media aide, the Wazirin Adamawa said his passion is ensuring peace and stability within the PDP and not endangering its overall interest as being speculated in the media space by those that do not wish the party well.

In a statement released in Abuja, Atiku said; “It is a beer parlour talk; it is also mischievous. Why will a former Vice President be behind the plot to sack PDP national chairman, Prince Uche Secondus? What will be his interest?

“This is someone who has commenced the process of having conversations with stakeholders of the party on reconciliation. A man who has encouraged processes aimed at ensuring peace and stability in the party.

“The trip he made to Port Harcourt came after the one in Delta. And he has more in the offing. Why will he promote peace and stability in the party and be behind moves to sack Secondus? It’s ridiculous for anyone to talk about this.”

According to the statement; “Atiku understands the Constitution of the PDP and what the party says about tenure for party leadership. So he cannot be working against something that he understands and promotes.

“That is not how Democrats behave. Those are anti-democratic behaviour and that is not who he is. Whoever is saying this, should know that this is a beer parlour talk and unnecessary mischief.”

The Media Adviser further said as one of the major stakeholders in PDP, former Vice President Atiku is working hard with others to resolve the crisis now threatening the party, even as he noted; “The crisis is related, we can not isolate one from the other.”

Ibe said Atiku “recognizes that there are issues, like in every party administration. When you have more than two persons, people will have different positions. So, the important thing is how to resolve them. And he has commenced the movement to resolve the issues.

“Atiku is an individual, yes a major stakeholder in the party, and he has taken steps to bring everybody together to see how these issues can be peacefully resolved. They are all related, either the one that happens now or before. They are all part of the larger problem facing the party.”

However, party insiders hinted that in a bold move to save his head and put the house in order, the embattled National Chairman, Prince Secondus on Wednesday met with the aggrieved National officers who quit their posts earlier in the week over what they described as “bad treatment” from the Chairman.

Secondus appeal for calm came on the heels of seven deputy national officers resigning their appointments and causing uproar within the opposition party circles. Among those that threw in the towel include Deputy National Publicity Secretary, Diran Odeyemi; Deputy National Legal Adviser, Ahmed Bello; and Deputy National Women Leader, Umoru Hadizat.

Others are Deputy National Auditor, Divine Amina Arong; Deputy National Organizing Secretary, Hassan Yakubu; and Deputy National Financial Secretary, Irona Alphonsus.

The officers had accused Prince Secondus of highhandedness and lack of financial transparency since the current Party leadership came into office in 2017.

An insider privy to the hurriedly arranged meeting with the aggrieved national officers explained that Secondus pleaded with them to sheath their swords, noting the current National Working Committee (NWC)’s tenure will be ending in the next four months.

The insider hinted that the meeting held at PDP’s National Secretariat saw some of the aggrieved members backing down from their earlier stand with the promise to serve out the remaining part of their tenure.

Our source however said that for now, all key PDP stakeholders have resolved that in the interest of peace and cohesiveness within the party, leaders at all levels should urgently engage their constituents and party supporters on effective ways of addressing the current crisis and repositioning the party ahead of 2023 general elections.

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