Trouble in PDP: Seven NWC members resign; insiders blame Secondus
August 3, 2021
The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has witnessed an earthquake with seven members of its National Working Committee resigning their positions en masse.
There had been internal wrangling within the party over the leadership of its chairman, Uche Secondus, whom some members said has not been democratic and fair enough to warrant his stay in office. They attributed the recent loss of steam in the party to Secondus’ weakness and bias as a leader.
Some of the leaders who resigned include Deputy National Financial Secretary, Deputy National Auditor, Deputy Woman Leader, Deputy National Publicity Secretary, Deputy National Legal Adviser.
PDP insiders said the resignation was intended to pressure Secondus to quit as Chairman. PDP under Secondus has lost governors and other key party members to the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC.
“Blame our chairman ( Secondus) for all the strife within our party. He is not leading this party to victory in 2023 and many of us had long seen this day,” a chieftain confided in our reporter.
The internal crisis has created camps and cliques within the party which pundits said may weaken the party further ahead of the 2023 general elections.
Recently, former Vice President of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar, a key member of the party had to visit Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers, described as the best performing governor among the PDP states. Atiku’s visit was seen as fence-mending and a rally to keep the party as one formidable front.
Atiku explained that party affairs brought him to Port Harcourt, and he had spent the time reconciling touching issues with Governor Wike.
According to him, the issues bother on how to ensure unity and stability in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), that are critical for the party in clinching electoral victory in 2023.
“Well, I came here to reconcile with the governor on party affairs and how we can ensure that there is unity and stability in the party.
“So, that we can take over government in 2023. I believe that Nigerians can’t wait for 2023 to come, so that PDP will return.”