Abuja - The leadership crisis rocking the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) took a turn for the worst on Thursday as three different people lay claim to the National Chairman of the party, reports Daily Trust.
Those laying claim to the position are the acting National Chairman of the party, Uche Secondus, one-time Special Adviser to former President Goodluck Jonathan, Ahmed Gulak, and the party’s National Secretary, Prof. Adewale Oladipo.
Governors elected under the party’s platform had on Wednesday asked Secondus to handover the leadership of the party to Prof. Oladipo.
The governors, in a communique at the end of a meeting ordered, Secondus to hand over to Oladipo, pending the emergence of a substantive Chairman from the North-east.
The governors flayed Gulak’s invasion of the party secretariat, where he declared himself National Chairman without recourse to the appropriate organs of the party.
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But the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party on Thursday countered the directive given by the PDP governors, saying there was no change in leadership of the party.
The NWC in a statement signed by PDP’s National Legal Adviser, Victor Kwom, insisted that Secondus remained the acting Chairman.
Gulak on Thursday also insisted that he remains the party’s National Chairman.
Gulak said the PDP governors must have been misled to issue the statement to the effect that the National Secretary should take over the leadership of the party.
He stated that the National Secretary is precluded by the PDP Constitution from chairing the National Executive (NEC), NWC and the caucuses of the party.
- News 24