PDP National Chairman, Secondus Reacts To Party Faction

The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party
(PDP), Uche Secondus, has reacted to the emergence of a new faction of the
Addressing reporters on Wednesday in Abuja shortly
after the new faction was unveiled in the nation’s capital, Mr Secondus blamed
the deployment on some people who he said were trying to distract the party.
The PDP has been embroiled in a leadership crisis
since it lost power at the centre in 2015, with two factions led by Senator Ali
Modu Sheriff and a National Caretaker Committee headed by Senator Ahmed
After a legal battle which lasted more than 13 months,
the Supreme Court intervene in the crisis. The apex court sacked Sheriff as the
party’s chairman and asked Makarfi’s committee to take over the PDP leadership.
All appeared to be going on smoothly in the
administration of the party and among party faithful, leading to the return of
one of its founding fathers and former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, from the
ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
However, another tussle surfaced within the PDP after
the party conducted its national convention which saw Secondus emerged the new
national chairman of the party.
The faction of the party which was unveiled on
December 20 seems not to be unconnected with the fact that some members were
aggrieved with the results of the December 9 convention.
Secondus told reporters that the faction was the work
of some elements of ‘distractions’.
“We are focused, we know the enemy is at work, we know
several things have been going on. People predicted that our convention will
not be successful and at the end of the day it was successful – so, they are not
happy,” he said.
Meanwhile, the National Publicity Secretary of the
party, Kola Ologbondinyan, also issued a statement in which he described the
faction as a funny piece of some individuals.
He said: “The PDP is completely unperturbed by the
comical act of some individuals who make outlandish claims in the media
regarding our party. The fact is that we are happy with the efforts of the
Governor Seriake Dickson-led Reconciliation Committee, as well as the responses
from all the respectable and responsible leaders of our party in that regard.
“We will, however, not be responsible or respond to
any person or groups of individuals who decide to allow themselves to be used
by forces from another political party in a laughable and childish attempt to
distract us,” he added.

Ologbondinyan said the PDP under Secondus’ leadership
would continue to focus on repositioning the party to be the formidable
opposition that would guarantee checks and balances as well as regain power
from the APC in 2019.

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