Breaking: PDP Post Convention Crisis Deepens As New Faction Tagged “Fresh PDP” Emerges

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The crisis in the opposition People’s Democratic Party
(PDP) has deepened following the formation of a faction, “Fresh PDP’’.
The new national secretariat of the faction is in
Asokoro.
The interim leader of “Fresh PDP’’, Mr Emmanuel Nwosu,
said in Abuja on Wednesday at the Secretariat that new members of the National
Working Committee would take over the party in January.
“Today the PDP Nigerians are yearning for is born.
“The era of impunity and imposition of candidates on
the party is gone,’’ he said.
He explained that the selection of officials during
the national delegate conference of the party in Abuja was illegal.
He called on members of the party to stop dealing with
the executive members of the party.
Some other leaders of the faction are Chief Olusola
Akindele, Chief Godwin Duru, Mr. Franklyne Edede, and Alhaji Hassan Adamu.
The group is made up of some aspirants that lost out
at the December 9 PDP National Convention.
Mr Uche Secondus, was elected the National Chairman of
the Party at the convention.
After the election which saw all contestants on the
“Unity list” compiled by Governor Nysome Wike of Rivers returned, Secondus
called on all newly-elected leaders of the party to brace up for the challenges
ahead, saying they were huge.
He said that the time for individualistic ideology was
over, and that in moving forward, all must collectively channel their energy
and resources toward achieving the party’s immediate goal, which was regaining
power in 2019.
The chairman said that the ability of PDP to win in
2019 had implications not just on the party, but on the country.
“It is based on this reason that we are starting on a
fresh note. We must be ready to compromise on personal agenda where necessary
as well as make sacrifices for the greater good of the party.
“As a party in opposition, we must be ready to forgo
certain deserving privileges for the good of the party.
“The point where we are at the moment is at the
crossroad where we are about to take the critical decision of which direction
to go – right or left.
“Our choice should be swift, clear and unambiguous; we
are going right and it leads us straight to Aso Rock,’’ he said.
Secondus said that leaders must begin to invest in the
party with the aim of repackaging and eventually unveiling a reformed PDP to
the Nigerian electorate so as to regain their confidence.
“We must re-define who we are in the minds of
Nigerians, down to the grassroots.
“We must let the people know that we are ready to
re-ignite the fire that once made Nigeria a shining beacon in Africa and the
world over by returning this party to the real owners, the people,’’ he said.
He added that the actions were necessary for PDP to
reclaim the territory it lost across the three tiers of government in 2015.
Secondus said that the mandate given to new leaders of
the party was to rebuild and re-position the party with a view to regaining the
lost power.
The only way to achieve what we have set out to do is
by bringing all our stakeholders to work together as one larger family,’’ he
said.
The national chairman pledged that the NWC members
would continue to promote the principles of democratic practice, progressive
politics, good and effective leadership, and national interest within PDP.
He added that they would also re-strategise PDP
communication channels, especially social media.
“No matter what a political party does, if it does not
have effective communication, it can’t achieve much.
“PDP needs more strategic engagement to lose and
unbundle any negative impression already created by the opposition,’’ Secondus
said.

Wike had after the convention started wooing those
irked by the conduct of the convention.
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