Again, Protest Rocks PDP Secretariat In Abuja
Another protest has rocked the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) secretariat ahead of a planned Board of Trustees (BoT), governors and National Assembly caucus meeting to resolve the leadership impasse.
The protest, now in its second day, was led by the National Coordinator of the PDP Arewa support group, which is calling for the resignation of the PDP National Chairman, Uche Secondus.
The protesters, like their counterparts on Monday, are insisting that the National Working Committee led by Mr Secondus has run the party aground, losing members including governors to the ruling All Progressives Congress.
They have threatened to withdraw their membership from the PDP if the governors and other arms of the party keep supporting the NWC under Secondus.
So far, at least seven principal officers have resigned from the party in recent weeks, although two later withdrew their resignation letters after a meeting of the Board of Trustees.
The PDP has also lost the Governors of Ebonyi, Cross River, and Zamfara to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
According to the PDP House caucus, who met virtually on Saturday, Secondus was more “preoccupied with holding onto his position rather than preparing for next elections.”
They accused him of having “no clear road map, blueprint or policy programme for the PDP.”
Secondus was also charged with possessing a “lax and bedroom managerial attitude” which has led to “inept management of complaints, despondency amongst members and consequently an exodus of members of the party at all levels, including a member of the Board of Trustee of the party.”
According to the PDP lawmakers, Secondus should “consider making the necessary personal sacrifice worthy of a leader in the party’s current and future interest with a firm assurance of honourable regard and appreciation by the party leadership now and in years to come, by honourably resigning his position as party chairman immediately, to allow the party an early start.”
Despite growing calls for his resignation, Secondus has said he will not surrender his position.
According to a statement signed by his spokesperson, Ike Abonyi on Monday, the PDP Chairman said nothing, so far, warrants his resignation as National Chairman.