The Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, Prince Diran Odeyemi, has stated that Prince Uche Secondus is determined to remain in office as party chairman in November.
Mr Odeyemi, who confirmed this through a telephone chat yesterday, said that the party’s National Working Committee meeting may be held on Tuesday to reach a consensus on the matter.
He said all the NWC members including the deputy national officers of the party would meet in Abuja, to take a position and possibly fix a date for NEC meeting where their resolutions would be presented.
He said: “We should not undermine our constitution on the altar of sentiments. If they don’t want Secondus again, they should do that at the convention, if Secondus seeks a second term. With a few months to go, it is not advisable to rock the boat.”
“Secondus has said that he would contact NEC and other stakeholders to see if they can do the convention in November. It is just a matter of few weeks. He is meeting with NWC and the deputies on Tuesday (tomorrow) and a decision would be taken and possibly fix a date for the NEC meeting,” he added.
Secondus was elected at the December 2017 national convention of the PDP held at the Eagle Square in Abuja, along with other NWC members and his tenure of four years is supposed to end in December 2021.
But PDP expanded stakeholders’ meeting resolved barely two weeks ago, in Abuja, that Secondus’ tenure should elapse in October in order to nip in the bud the raging crisis in the party.
The meeting which had state governors, Board of Trustees (BoT) members, former ministers, former governors and National Assembly Caucus in attendance also directed Secondus to summon the National Executive Committee (NEC), which is the second highest decision-making organ of the party, to ratify processes leading to the party’s convention in October.