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PDP crisis: I’m not behind plot to sack Secondus – Atiku

2023: Atiku could be our candidate for the presidency — Secondus

*Party chair begs aggrieved deputies, says ‘let us end peacefully together’

*BoT member, Joy Emordi decamps to APC

Tunde Opalana, Abuja

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has denied speculations that he is fueling the crisis in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) specifically to unseat the National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus.

Unconfirmed rumour pervaded the PDP national secretariat, Abuja that certain power brokers in the party including the former vice president sponsored the resignation of the seven deputy National officers that resigned their positions as National Exercise Council (NEC) members on Tuesday.

The speculation had it that the resigned national officers were given money to do so to unsettle the party and pave way for scheme to demand Secondus’ resignation.

Speaking to journalists in a telephone interview on Wednesday, Paul Ibe, Media Adviser to Atiku, said such allegation must be a ‘beer parlour talk’ while describing those peddling such rumour as “drunkards”.

Ibe said: “It is a beer parlour talk, it is also mischief. Why will a former vice president be behind the plot to sack PDP National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus? What will be his interest?

Rather, he said Atiku has commenced the process of having conversations with stakeholders of the party on reconciliation, describing him as a man who has encouraged processes aimed at ensuring peace and stability in the party.

He specifically mentioned Atiku’s tour of Port Harcourt and Delta on reconciliation move, saying “the trip he made to Port Harcourt, held similar one to 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”.

Speaking further, he said: “Atiku understands the constitution of the PDP and what the party-stated about tenure for party leadership.

So he cannot be working against something that he understands and promotes.

That is not how democrats behave, that is anti-democratic behaviour and that is not who he is. Whoever is saying this should know it is beer parlour talk and unnecessary mischief”.

When asked what effort Atiku is making to resolve the crisis in the party, he said: “The crisis is related, we cannot isolate one from the other.

He recognises 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, the Chairman, PDP National Reconciliation Committee, Dr. Bukola Saraki declined comment on the recent crisis.

The former Senate President was in Ibadan on reconciliation drive at the Oyo State chapter of the party when the resignation saga took place on Tuesday.

Contacted, his Special Assistant on Media, Yussoup Olaniyonu, refused to answer questions but referred journalists to the National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan.

However, former Chairman, National Reconciliation Committee and former governor of Bayelsa State, Senator Seriake Dickson and Senate Minority Leader, Enyinnaya Abaribe, separately paid solidarity visits to Secondus at the party secretariat on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, at an emergency meeting between the National Working Committee (NWC) and the aggrieved officers held at the party secretariat on Wednesday, it was gathered that Prince Secondus persuaded them to sheath their swords and allow for a successful ending of the NWC tenure in December this year.

The National Chairman reportedly told the resigned deputies, four of whom were at the meeting not to rock the boat of the party but allow it to sail successfully till December when the three year tenure of the NWC will end.

He emphatically told them to consult with stakeholders in their constituents while they put further actions on hold and allow peace to reign in the party.

Secondus also told them and other NWC members to disregard whatever misgiving they might have against the leadership of the party but fashion ways to weather the current storm rocking the party.

He told them that at a meeting held on Tuesday night with members of the Board of Trustees (BoT) and other stakeholders in Abuja, it was concluded that the party remains a united body and that the NWC has the backing of the other organs of the party.

It was further gathered that the four former deputies declined comment at the meeting but told Secondus that they will report the outcome of the meeting to the remaining colleagues.

In a statement, the Media Adviser to the National Chairman, Ike Abonyi said those staging crisis against Secondus a few months to PDP national convention of the party, were routing for a Caretaker Committee to run the affairs of the party.

He said there is an intelligence that the strong a party chieftain bent on hijacking the party structure for destruction is still on the loose with the main agenda of denting the image of the National Chairman.

“Reports reaching this office shows clearly that this character is deploying all devious means to try and diminish the person and character of the National Chairman with a view to having his way of ultimately hijacking the structure for his disproportionately large ambition.

“We therefore wish to alert the general public particularly media houses and party stakeholders to look out for strange deployment of luring gifts from this destructive ‘Father Christmas’ all aimed at having a grip on the soul of our party by having a caretaker Committee.

“What continues to shock many party observers is the real reason behind the desperation of this man to get at the National Chairman and the quantum of public funds being expended to achieve this illicit goal a few months to the National Convention.

“Few months to the National Convention anybody who means well for this party and who is a true democrat, should respect the constitution of the party and approach issues dispassionately,” Abonyi said.

Also on Wednesday, a member of the PDP Board of Trustees, Senator Joy Emordi, defected to the All Progressives Congress.

Chairman APC Caretaker Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee and Yobe State Governor, Mai Mala Buni, formally received the senator in a brief ceremony in Abuja.

Sen. Emordi said she was convinced that the future of a prosperous and united Nigeria lies in the APC.

She described the APC leadership as sincerely and genuinely committed to a united Nigeria and has plans for the future generation.

The former legislator assured the party of her loyalty and her supporters to the party, saying, “l assure the party of my loyalty and support and to work for the success of the party.”

Sen. Emordi said “the APC led federal government is working for the South East and this is attracting more PDP members into APC.”

The Chairman CECPC, Mai Mala Buni, expressed delight with the decision taken by the board member to contribute to the unity of the country.

“There is need for us to join hands for the political stability and national unity of our dear country,” he said.

Governor Buni said the coming of Sen. Emordi and other prominent politicians from the South East into the APC will promote national unity.

“The South east is a strong political block and very crucial to the unity of the country, this will no doubt add to national cohesion,” the CECPC chairman added.

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