…NWC tenure truncated by 2 months
… National Convention now in October
…NEC to meet, set up Zoning, Convention Committees
National Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP
, Prince Uche Secondus on Tuesday survived a plot to oust him as leaders of the party gave him not to continue in office until the party’s national convention.
PDP erupted into a leadership crisis last week when seven national deputy officers resigned, sparking some chieftains of the party led by the National Youth Leader, Hon Udeh Okoye to demand the immediate resignation of Prince Secondus.
Meetings of several organs of the party were summoned to resolve the crisis, and the reports of the various organs were deliberated at the Tuesday meeting summoned by the Board of Trustees, BoT.
Addressing journalists at the end of the joint meeting of the Board of Trustees, BoT; National Working Committee, NWC and Assembly Caucus at the party’s national secretariat, the Chairman of the PDP Governors Forum, Hon Aminu Tambuwal said the issues have been resolved, and a national convention will be held in October to elect new leadership for the party.
He declared the Prince Secondus will continue to pilot the affairs of the party in collaboration with other members of the NWC.
Governor Tambuwal added that the national convention will now take place in October instead of December, thereby cutting short the tenure of the present NWC members by two months.
“As party members of the BoT, members of the governor forum, members of former governors’ forum, former ministers, former Senators, former presiding officer of the National Assembly and various stakeholders, we are very happy to announce that we have discussed all matters, and we have resolved to continue to work as a united family.
“This meeting has agreed that immediately the NEC should be convened for the party to constitute the National Convention planning committee and the National Convention should be held the latest by the end of October.
“Also, the zoning committee for the party should also be constituted by the same NEC immediately.
“So we thank members of the party for holding up. We thank them for their prayers and support. We also thank well-meaning Nigerians who have been waiting patiently for the resolution of these issues.
Responding to the question if the decision of the party leaders is a vote of confidence in Prince Secondus, Governor Tambuwal said: “NEC of the party
shall meet most likely next week and all the issues will be addressed. And that NEC will be convened by the Chairman of the party, who is constitutionally endowed to do so.”