Barely 24 hours after he was appointed Acting National Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party, (PDP), Chief Uche Secondus, on Thursday dismissed calls for the resignation of members of the NWC, including himself, by some stakeholders of the party and described such a move as unconstitutional.
Speaking with State House correspondents after leading other members of the NWC of the party to meet with President Goodluck Jonathan at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, Secondus denied insinuations that both the former chairman of the party, Alhaji Ahmadu Adamu Mu’azu and the Board of Trustees, ( BoT), Chief Tony Anenih were forced to resign, saying the two leaders left voluntarily on their own.
He said he and his colleagues in the NWC were in the Villa to interact with party’s leader, Jonathan. He also stressed that the new leadership intended to re-organise and re-invent the party, and “to assure our teeming supporters and our loyal members that the party is intact without any problem.”
On the call for resignation he said, “You know that is not right, it is unconstitutional, because the (former) chairman did that voluntarily, and the BoT Chairman also did that voluntarily. Some of the others have tenures, at the end of our tenure if we are re-elected, fine, if not that is the right thing to do. There is no reason for us to resign because we have worked hard.”
On the seeming coincidence between the resignations of both the chairman and BoT chairman almost at the same time, Secondus said it wasn’t a blow to the party, saying, “Sometimes it happens that way and nobody forced them to go.”
Besides, the NWC members, the governors of Bayelsa and Ondo States, Seriake Henry Dickson and Olusegun Mimiko were also in attendance of the meeting, which lasted for over one hour at the President’s office.