Abuja - National Secretary of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Prof. Adewale Oladipo, has defied calls from within the party to step down.
He said the demands some party leaders in the Southwest issued were improper as their meeting was unprocedural.
He said the content and tone of its resolution showed an orchestration by a few individuals bent on sowing a seed of discord within the party fold in the zone.
“My attention has been drawn to a communiqué purportedly issued by some PDP leaders in the Southwest calling on me, the National Secretary Professor Adewale Oladipo and the National Auditor, Alhaji Adewole Adeyanju, to resign from the National Working Committee,” Oladipo said.
“A very careful examination of the inherent breaches in the procedures adopted in the convening of the meeting as well as the content and tone of its resolution shows an orchestration by a few individuals bent on sowing a seed of discord within the PDP fold in the zone.”
He added that the communiqué did not reflect the views of majority of those who attended the meeting and did not tally with the opinion of the generality of our party members in the region.
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“It is indeed undermining and a clear breach of protocol the fact that a meeting of some leaders of the zone would be convened to discuss issues of the party’s Presidential campaigns and the highest-ranking national officers of the party from the zone were excluded. This is in continuation of the apparent marginalization of the National Working Committee and the party structure at all levels in the handling of the Presidential campaigns,” he said.
Oladipo said some of those who attended the meeting were not privy to the agenda and the eventual content of the communiqué issued at the end.
“It will be absolutely unpatriotic and against the wishes and aspirations of majority of our party members from the southwest through whose mandate we occupy the offices of the National Secretary and the National Auditor respectively, if we concede to the demands in the communiqué, especially given the fact that as elected members of the National Working Committee, our positions have a tenure which lasts until March 2016.”
He said the National Working Committee was determined to rebuild the party and restore its glory as the preeminent political party in Nigeria.