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PDP election failure: Resign now, BoT member charges party chiefs

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*Says Convention will hold only when peace returns *Believes Gulak has a point

Coming on the heels of the reported sudden resignation of the former President of the Senate, Chief Ken Nnamani from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), which he copiously blamed on the manner the party is run today, another founding member and member Board of Trustees (BoT) of the party, Chief Maxwell Okudo has urged all those who played roles in the party’s last general election failure to resign immediately.

A visibly angry Okudo who spoke to our Correspondent in Awka, in his reaction to a question on the seeming festering misunderstanding within the party especially since losing out to the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the last general elections stated that “all those who led the PDP to the March 2015 general election failure are shameless people. 

“They should resign immediately without further delay to allow other people come in and put the party back together. The party needs restructuring now.

“Must we put them to shame before they resign? Let them go for others to come in and reorganize the party for future political challenges…” he asked rhetorically. 

He saw the party managers who called the shots in the last election as acting out a script that make them appear like mere undertakers who were bent on killing and burying the PDP. Else they would have quietly resigned their positions.

On the moves by a former Presidential aide, Ahmed Gulak to take over the national chairmanship of the party which Chief Uche Secondus presently occupies on acting capacity since the resignation of Dr Adamu Muazu, Okudo saw the moves as being misunderstood.

According to him, “I don’t think Gulak’s real motive was to become the national chairman of PDP. I have also heard people who I believe are uninformed call him names, fifth columnist and all that. Just like some see me on some issues when I disagree with the multitude.

“There are people who do not take nonsense. They are people who believe in standing for the right things. So they are usually called all manner of names. Gulak is fighting for what he believes is the right of his zone. The post of national chairman of our party belongs to the North East zone where he comes from. He may not even be fighting to become Chairman. He just want the right thing to be done…”, the party chieftain noted.

He pointed out also that there was an existing court order that the ex-presidential aide was trying to enforce. 

Chief Secondus, Okudo stressed, is on an acting capacity as the national chairman of the party cannot come from the South South zone presently particularly when the zoning formula that gave it to the North East has not been changed. 

And that as acting chairman Secondus should not in any way feel shortchanged if the court says he should leave.

On the way forward for the party, Okudo says it would be through a national Convention but noted that no one would agree to a convention in the middle of a big crisis. 

He however disclosed that intense consultations were currently going on to restore sanity in the party before more damage was done.

From Chuks Collins, Awka


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