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PDP Set To Decide Secondus’ Fate As Govs, NEC Meet

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Indications emerged on Tuesday that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) stakeholders may on Thursday take a firm decision on the fate of the party’s embattled National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus

Governors elected on the platform of the PDP will be meeting on Wednesday in Abuja to deliberate and take a position on the festering leadership crisis rocking the party.

Decisions to be taken at the governors meeting are expected to be presented to stakeholders at the party’s National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting scheduled to hold on Thursday.

A statement on Tuesday by the Director-General of the PDP Governors Forum, C.I.D Maduabum, said the meeting will discuss party matters and strategies to reposition the PDP ahead of the NEC meeting.

“The PDP Governors Forum has reassured members, stakeholders and the nation of their commitment, determination and loyalty in the patriotic task of dislodging the incumbent All Progressives Congress (APC) administration, that has brought nothing but misery and pain to all Nigerians,” the statement said.

In a separate statement signed by the National Secretary of the PDP, Senator Umar Tsauri, the party informed that the National Campaign Council for the November 6 Anambra state governorship election will be inaugurated during the open session of the NEC meeting.

It was gathered that the two meetings are being called following what appeared a stalemate in the ongoing peace talks over the party’s leadership crisis.

Checks revealed that efforts being made by the various reconciliation panels, including the one chaired by a former Senate President, Chief David Mark, were being undermined by the refusal of warring parties to shift grounds.

A party source confided in The Nation on Tuesday that the summons issued by the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Tanko Muhammad, to Chief Judges of seven states, may have thrown up new twists in the party’s reconciliation efforts.

Some of the Chief Judges summoned by the CJN included those of Rivers, Cross River and Kebbi States where warring parties in the leadership crisis obtained restraining and counter court orders.

Some members loyal to Rivers Governor Nyesom Wike had obtained two separate restraining orders against Secondus from high courts in Rivers and Cross River states.

In reaction, Secondus had also obtained a counter order from a Kebbi High Court, restoring him back to office. But stakeholders, including critical organs of the party, have ignored the counter order restoring him back to office.

Consequently, Secondus has been excluded from party functions where critical decisions are being taken regarding the much awaited national convention and the zoning of the party’s elective offices.

The party’s Deputy National Chairman (South), Elder YemI Akinwonmi has been performing the duties of National Chairman in acting capacity.

It was further gathered that some of the decisions expected to be taken at the NEC meeting may chart a way forward for the party.

One of such decisions, our correspondent gathered, may see the party taking a firm and final decision on the fate of the embattled National Chairman.

A party source confided in our correspondent that stakeholders may have overcome their initial dilemma over how to resolve the crisis as every peace effort appeared to have achieved very little.

The source, who did not want to be named, added that while Secondus had indicated his willingness to make some concessions, Governor Wike has continued to insist on the removal of the embattled chairman.

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