House caucus of the Peoples Democratic Party at the lower legislative arm of the National Assembly have asked their party’s National Chairman, Uche Secondus, to “honourably” resign from his position.
The communique signed by Reps. Kingsley Chinda andHon. Chukwuka Onyema Leader and Deputy leader PDP House Caucus respectively titled: RESOLUTIONS REACHED AT AN ONLINE MEETING OF THE PEOPLE’S DEMOCRATIC PARTY (PDP) CAUCUS OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES ON SATURDAY, 7TH AUGUST, 2021 IN RESPECT OF CURRENT CONCERNS OVER PARTY LEADERSHIP, read in part:
“Formally asks the BOT and the Governors Forum of the PDP to ensure immediate and firm resolution of current challenges so as to enable a re-engineering, re-focusing process that would restore party members and millions of other Nigerians’ hope and confidence in the PDP as an alternative to the current dysfunctional, irresponsive and rudderless government of APC with its attendant suffering, miseries, political deceit, economic woes, insecurity and all-round disappointment foisted on on millions of Nigerian families across the federation, and;
“Urge the current National Chairman Prince Uche Secondus) to consider making the necessary personal sacrifice worthy of a leader in the party’s current and future interest with a firm assurance of honourable regard and appreciation by the party leadership now and in years to come, by honourably resigning his position as party chairman immediately, to allow the party an early start.”
At the PDP National Secretariat on Monday, some party members also held placards calling for Secondus’ resignation.
The calls for Secondus’ resignation come as PDP Governors met in Abuja on Monday to discuss recent events that threaten the unity and existence of the party.
At least seven principal officers of the party have resigned from the party in recent weeks, although two later withdrew their resignation letters after a meeting of the Board of Trustees.
The PDP has also lost the Governors of Ebonyi, Cross River, and Zamfara to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
According to the PDP House caucus, who met virtually on Saturday, Secondus was more “preoccupied with holding onto his position rather than preparing for next elections.”
They accused him of having “no clear road map, blue print or policy programme for the PDP.”
The caucus expressed worry that “whereas members of the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP), and millions of Nigerians nationwide, anticipate vigorous and well-coordinated, issue-based national opposition, preparations towards a national convention, as well as the 2023 general elections, much confusion, finger-pointing and needless noise around the party’s national headquarters, have obfuscated the noble objectives, and lofty ideals of the PDP, and democratic opposition politics in Nigeria”.
Secondus was also charged with possessing a “lax and bedroom managerial attitude” which has led to “inept management of complaints, despondency amongst members and consequently an exodus of members of the party at all levels, including a member of the Board of Trustee of the party.”
The caucus warned that a further three months under the ruler-ship of Secondus, will do grave injustice to the party, and put it in a precarious situation, if urgent steps are not taken by leaders of the party.