National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Uche Secondus has called on the military to resist any attempt at being dragged into election manipulation towards the supplementary elections on March 23.
Secondus made the call after an emergency meeting of its National Executive Committee (NEC) in Abuja on Wednesday.
He urged the military to uphold the institution and guide their names jealously. According to a statement from his media office, the National Chairman termed the ‘inconclusive’ terminology as a rigging strategy for the opposition party.
PDPs vice Presidential candidate at the presidential elections, Peter Obi in his own remark, said that “the worst form of corruption is election rigging because the process of coming into power is far more important than what is done thereafter.”
The Senate President Bukola Saraki and the Speaker House Representatives Hon. Dogora all urged members of the party to remain steadfast and not despair as their victory must be restored at the court.
The meeting had in attendance, Bukola Saraki, Yakubu Dogara and other party stalwarts in attendance.
The leadership crisis rocking the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is far from over, as the factions of the acting National Chairman, Chief Uche Secondus, and Mr Ali Gulak, an ex- aide to former President Jonathan, continue to lay claim to the party’s leadership.
Mr Gulak and his supporters including Dr. Doyin Okupe, also an ex- aide to the former President stormed the National Secretariat of the party in Abuja on Wednesday where he told a news conference that he was assuming office as the National Chairman of the party.
Mr Gulak claimed that he had a court judgement in his favour.
Meanwhile, the National Legal Adviser of the party, Victor Kwon, who is a member of the Secondus faction, said there was no court judgement ordering Gulak to assume office.
However, the PDP has vowed to reclaim the power it lost to the All Progressives Congress (APC) at the 2015 elections.
The party claimed that it remained the only true national political party well equipped to hold the national character.
A Federal High Court in Abuja has dismissed the Acting National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Uche Secondus, from office.
Mr Secondus was removed after the court heard a suit filed by former Special Adviser to former President Goodluck Jonathan on political matters, Ahmed Gulak.
In his judgement on Tuesday, the presiding judge, Justice Hussein Baba-Yusuf, held that the position of the Acting National Chairman of the party, was zoned to the north-east and could not be occupied by Mr Secondus, who is from the south-south.
Justice Baba-Yusuf upheld the prayer of Mr Gulak that Mr Secondus was occupying the position of the Acting National Chairman of the party illegally.
He ordered Secondus to vacate the office within 14 days.
Stay Of Execution
The plaintiff or any other party member worthy of that position should assume the position of the Acting National Chairman of the party, the Judge stated.
However, shortly after the judgement was delivered, the counsel to PDP, Paul Isaiah, said the party would appeal the judgement of the court.
Isaiah said: “We are going to appeal this judgement. Apart from the appeal, we are also going to file a stay of execution of the judgement because the National Convention of the party is in March next year”.