PDP CRISIS: Stop Parading As The Party Chairman, Youth Leader Tells Secondus To Obey Court Orders.
The National Coordinator of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Youth Frontier, Comrade Austin Okai, has weighed in on the court ruling that sacked Prince Uche Secondus as the National Chairman of the PDP.
Okai urged Secondus to stop parading himself as the National Chairman of the PDP and stay away from the National Secretariat of the party in Abuja.
He made this known after an order from the State High Court in Port Harcourt that restrained Secondus from exercising the duties of the National Chairman of the PDP.
The PDP youth leader, in a statement he signed, stated that the PDP would not disobey court orders.
According to the youth leader: “It is in the interest of Prince Uche Secondus to understand that the judgment of the court is binding on everyone except superior court upturns it.
“Therefore, he must, in his own interest, stay away from the party’s national secretariat and desist from parading himself as the National Chairman in line with the court order.
“As a party of law and order that believes strongly in the rule of law, PDP will not encourage disobedience to the order of the State High Court and Secondus must understand this.”
Recall that the embattled PDP National Chairman, Secondus, had been in the news lately following various calls from various quarters of the main opposition party to remove him as the Party Chairman. However, Secondus had insisted overtime not to step down as the National Chairman until this court ruling by the Port Harcourt Division of State High Court.
REVEALED: Obasanjo Tells PDP What They Must Do To Choose Buhari’s Replacement
Ex-President of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo has told the national leadership of the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) the conditions they must consider to choose the candidate that could succeed President Muhammadu Buhari in the general elections coming up in 2023.
According to The Punch, top sources within the PDP leadership noted that the former President asked that they should not pick candidates “because such a person has money” while urging them to look at how presidential candidates emerged in the United States of America.
Obasanjo, who hosted the National Working Committee (NWC) members of the party at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL) on Thursday, led by its National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus.
Recall that on February 16, 2015, Obasanjo ended his 17-year membership with the party by publicly tearing his PDP membership card and has since refused to join any other political party.
Looking at the state of the nation, a reliable source, who was part of the meeting at Obasanjo’s place, said the PDP leaders told the former President not to “siddon look during this critical time.”
The source said, “We went to him and told him not to ‘siddon look’ as things are getting worse in the country. We also reminded him that the PDP gave him the platform that made him the president and also served as its chairman of BoT. Therefore, we asked him not to be unbothered about happenings in the party and the polity.”
Though the ex-president was said to have stressed his earlier position of not joining any political party, for now, he was also said to have counseled the PDP on the need to settle their differences and focus on the task of producing a nationally accepted presidential candidate in 2023.
The source continued, “Obasanjo said we should go and study how presidents emerge in America. He said leaders emerge through processes and that those leaders must have seen, learnt, practiced, and taken part in leadership processes. He said in the US, the people followed a particular pattern.
“He said we should not pick anyone just because such a person has money. He also said in America, they follow a particular pattern. He said the presidential candidate in the US emerges either from Congress, from the Board of Governors, or he is an established businessman.
“He also told us about the way the prime minister of the United Kingdom is elected. In all, he said someone who knows the country, the system, is knowledgeable in foreign affairs, economy and security, among others, should be allowed to lead the nation,” the source said.
It was also gathered that Obasanjo expressed his concern about the increasing debt profile of Nigeria going by the way the country keeps borrowing money from foreign countries.
Concerning the various calls for the removal of Secondus as the Party National Chairman, to either shorten the tenure of the Secondus-led NWC or deny the members opportunity of contesting for a second term, Obasanjo reportedly asked all his guests to excuse him as he met with the embattled Secondus.
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