PDP in fresh crisis as national officers ask Mohammed, Metuh, Secondus to step down

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There appears to be a fresh round of crisis in Nigeria’s major opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party, with some elected national officers calling on the acting chairman of the board of trustees, Bello Mohammed and the national publicity secretary, Olisa Metuh, to step down from their offices.

The call, which was made in a statement signed by four of the national officers, which they also said represented the views of all deputy national officers and some members of the National Executive Committee of the party, was sequel to the ongoing trial of Messrs. Mohammed and Metuh over corruption allegations.

Messrs Metuh and Mohammed are being tried for receiving monies from the embattled former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, out of the $2.1 billion meant for arms procurement but which was diverted to political spending.

The statement, made available to PEMIUM TIMES on Monday, was signed by Dennis Alonge-Niyi, the deputy national youth leader; Bashir Maidugu, the deputy national legal adviser; Okey Nnaedozie, the deputy national organizing secretary and Abdullahi Jalo, the deputy national publicity secretary.

The national officers called on all relevant members and organs of the party to rescue it “from fortune hunters who have hijacked its very soul.”

They said, “We hereby strongly dissociate the Peoples Democratic Party from the ongoing trials of Dr. Bello Halliru Mohammed ( Acting Chairman of Board of Trustees) and Chief Olisa Metuh ( National Publicity Secretary) on various charges anti graft agencies.

“They are said to have received funds using accounts of their private companies without the knowledge and instructions of any organ of the party. All those mentioned in the ongoing corruption trial are, therefore, on their own and the party was not involved financially or in anyway with the office of the National Security Adviser, ONSA, or any organ of the federal government in the last regime.

“They must bear full responsibility for their actions and must henceforth refrain from dragging the name of the party into the mud.”

Step down please

The national officers also said that sequel to the wide public interest the trial of Messrs. Mohammed and Metuh has generated, they would call on the national caucus of the PDP, the BoT and the PDP Governors’ Forum “to prevail on the two accused persons to honorably step down until they clear their names thereby saving the party from further damage.”

They said their call was not a pronouncement of guilt on the two officers of the PDP, but a “passionate appeal to halt the erroneous concept that the party tolerates corruption.”

They also called on the NEC of the party to convene a meeting immediately to formalize the appointment of a new spokesperson in line with the party’s constitution.

The officers also called on the NEC not to continue with the reign of impunity, which they said characterized the PDP in the past and led it to its current position, to respect the Abuja High Court ruling of December 15 last year.

The Court had in a ruling delivered in a suit filed by a former political adviser to former President Goodluck Jonathan, Ahmed Gulak, directed the PDP acting national chairman, Uche Secondus, to step down and allow either Mr. Gulak or any qualified person from the north east to take over.

Mr. Secondus became acting chairman after Ahmadu Muazu resigned his position following the defeat of the party in the last general election.

“This is a declaratory ruling where no order of stay of execution from any other court has been granted. The NEC must do the needful by selecting a suitable national chairman from the north east to complete their tenure in accordance with our tradition and the party’s constitution.

“In pursuance of this therefore, Prince Uche Secondus should revert back to his constitutional position of Deputy National Chairman of the party as a matter of urgency,” they said.

The national officers also argued that in the light of the court ruling and other matters related to it, the timetable recently released by the National Working Committee, without recourse to the NEC, for the forthcoming national convention of the party should be considered null and void.

They said aside from the offices of the National Chairman, National Secretary, National Financial Secretary and the National Auditor, the national convention that produced the other national officers was held on August 30, 2013.

They said based on the four-year tenure envisaged by the constitution of the party, all the remaining officers’ tenure of office would terminate on August 30, 2017.

They also called on the NEC to order a proper audit of the finances of the PDP by certified external auditors. They said the audit period should be from March 2012 to date.

“All committees set up by the irregularly constituted national working committee should be dissolved and new committees constituted by NEC in good faith and the general interest of the party.

“Finally, we urge the National Caucus and the Board of Trustees as a matter of urgency to convene a meeting of NEC to address all these burning issues. Any further delay will exacerbate the situation,” they said.

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  • Chuks

    Let’s hope PDP will sanitise itself and behave like a responsible political association rather than a den of thieves. Why have PDP always dragged itself into Muhammed and Metuh’s private corruption trial that had nothing to do with the party? They shout rule of law but have refused to obey court order vacating the illegal Secondus’s leadership! Evil criminal party.

  • IZON Redeemer

    Certain insatiable thieves from the Fulani North who sold Jonathan cheap to their brother Buhari—-ati the Yorubas who betrayed Abiola in the south west and used Akintola to set the country on fire-are at it again—-If I had a politcal party not one Fulani man would be allowed near such a party—-Not because of my hatred for them-Never! -But because they hardly ever yearn to build-They are destroyers like Buhari–Ibb late Abacha and co—–U hardly ever find a Fulani man with clear Nationlistic ideas—–beyond that which we saw in late Aminu Kano——All the average Fulani from the North does with the aid of their surrogates from the east-ati west-is to destroy————————Did ACN under Tinubu- disintegrate because he was on trial? Why should a party instead of standing by her officers–now call on them to quit–Is Obj the Jesus Christ who thinks it is only through him that Nigeria would be saved-?—These BABY PANCAKE articles from the house of the Apes in APC often potrays them as children of lucifer———————–no more no less—————-Metuh it was who said the traitors in PDP wjho sold Jonathan cheap to the Yorubas and Fulanis should be mild with Buhari. At least show respect to him–Now nko? Are the buharimice in APC showing respect to his Ibo thoughts-now in the gulag of Buhari?—–Soon the story will be that Jonathan wants to take over PDP AGAIN-Animals

    • truth

      Your reckless hate is obvious for the hausa fulani and will neither help u nor affect them in any way. Besides, u r free to fill ur dream party with only ur bread of racists and see where that will lead u.

    • ayo

      Yeah your new party will be filled with guys like: Brigidi, Okpokuenti, Brigwey, akpos, Torebi, Okpodu, Priye… Also no women will be allowed in this great party of yours…..You are such a tribal bigot…I am sure you hate all your tribes men as you hate every one else in this country. For your information SS is my second home and not for oil reason.

    • Buhari4Ever

      Poor Deri Orbuka, when will God deliver you from this Satan imposed misery, heaviness, anger, bitterness, resentment and colossal frustration?

  • Julius

    Ha, now they know they are in trouble. The cry of Buhari witch hunting the pdp is not working. Finally, they are facing the reality that some of them will end up in jail. Methu cant be making noise in jail defending the what he knew to be false narratives of the APC and Buhari. The same party disobeying a court order is accusing Buhari of the same thing, Funny indeed.

  • Sambo

    I am very certain that this publication doesn’t have approval form the Pdp chieftains. This is a clear hand work of those that are set to act a game of thrones movie. Jalo should go and bury his head in shame

  • jack

    Like the PDP now has aggrieved bunch of deputy national executives who are not comfortable with the management style of the Acting Nationl Leaders. Their grievances should be channeled towards the party’s prospect instead of the zoning acting capacity that is cause of pain. Beside patience should be their friend until March when the PDP will hold it national convention.

  • Chidi

    Desperation for power is a major killer. My candid advice for Jalo and his so-called group is that they go back and apologize for this shameful acts of theirs.

  • atahiru

    Look at rats aiming to become antelopes. PDP is not on fire and will never be on fire. If they aren’t comfortable, they shuld go and form their own party. Cheap miscreants.

  • sanctus

    What is worth doing, is worth doing well. All can’t be leaders at the same time.

  • Bashir

    I don’t know how much these empty barrels received from the apc that is making them kill themselves. One thing I know is that they cannot bring down the party no matter the tune they tend to use against some of its leaders

  • teddy

    his does not in anyway affect the party as it remain firm and committed to its responsibility and ensuring proper cordination.

  • Dazmillion

    It seems a new dawn is finally rising on the PDP or are we dealing with a new set of rats within the party that want to take advantage of the current problems of their party men?

  • grace

    PDP doesn’t need this type of scandal,what they need do is to unite n support each other rather that condemn the accused persons.

  • Rommel

    Piece of advise,before the PDP can talk about regeneration and rebuilding,they should wait for the ongoing probe at the federal level to reach halfway so that they can understand the level of damage that might be inflicted on them since the probe is moving from department to department,only when it has passed petroleum department as well as railway can they move to reconstitute that inglorious party,just my view though

  • kc

    funny article indeed but d party shld resolve its issues if any at all

  • gidon

    PDP know want’s best for them & for this nation but if the opposition party are with some elected national officers calling on the acting chairman of the board of trustees, for those guys to step down am sure the must have be bribed to do such act. PDP will alway come together No matter what.

    • share Idea

      Don’t mind APC, what Metuh and other well-meaning members of the party have been saying for awhile is playing out before our very eyes. PDP has scheduled a national conference for March this year and they want the party to be in disarray.

  • owhonda

    Wetin concern me. PDP scatter

  • JM

    IZON Redeemer contacted jedijedi recently, so make una pity not beat up on him. Gari don dry since bro Fortunato skip town. I never see bad belle like im own b4 o, chei.

  • Holy truth

    4rm on set pdp was never a political party, just coming together of some criminals to inflict hardship on Nigerians. Dat was exactly what dey succeeded in doing in d last sixteen yrs. What brought dem together had scattered & destroyed dem, dey can never come back anymore. PDP is a curse dat all well meaning Nigerians should resist at all cost. D party is dead now, it should be buried & forgotten 4 good.

  • Say the truth

    Good advice well spoken. Nigeria need a truly credible and patriotic opposition. The actions canvassed are necessary steps to have one in PDP. Before PDP will emerge as a viable alternative, there must be a shaken and realignment of forces. This is crucial for the wellbeing of our nation.

  • Peter_Edo

    If PDP gets sanitized, it would be WONDERFUL FOR NIGERIA

  • gboyegaa

    This is the very first real serious attempt to redeem the PDP as a party. It has to start from somewhere to show Nigerians that it is ready to change. It needs to flush out all the corrupt members still holding important positions in the party and almost start afresh with the few good useful members it still has and then build up from there. Otherwise, the party will remain a dead arena for serious politician until the party totally goes into extinction.

  • Joe

    Our problem in Nigeria will be solved if only Donald Trump makes to white house. Hear a sincere statement that could change Nigeria and Nigerians.” We need to get the Africans out. Not the blacks, the Africans. Especially the Nigerians. They’re everywhere. I went for a rally in Alaska and met just one African in the entire state. Where was he from? Nigeria! He’s in Alaska taking our jobs. They’re in Houston taking our jobs. Why can’t they stay in their own country? Why? I’ll tell you why. Because they are corrupt. Their Governments are so corrupt, they rob the people blind and bring it all here to spend. And their people run away and come down here and take our jobs! We can’t have that! If I become president, we’ll send them all home. We’ll build a wall at the Atlantic Shore. Then maybe we’ll re-colonize them because obviously they did not learn a damn thing from the British!”

    • Peter_Edo

      STOP SPREADING FALSE NEWS. that has been debunked!!!

      • Joe

        You must be damned silly to say that it has been debunked. Who debunked it?, you?.

        • Peter_Edo

          the world. you are just too late to catch up. Trump is a disgrace to the human race, but he didn’t say those things. it was sourced are sourced from a blog called paygees(dot)com or some such nonsense that is why no serious newspaper or blog regurgitated it. they specialize in divulging false rumors. you just fell victim…

          • New Nigerian

            It was so obvious a parody of Trump that I actually though was doing a Trump-speak. Oh well, thanks for clarifying the source.

    • Sunday OGUNKANMI

      Absolute falsehood! Give out the link to the story.

      • Joe

        Does Trump’s statement hurts you guys?. Trump may be an eye salve to Nigerians. You may read it in the nation newspaper website. At least the nation newspaper has some credibility.

    • New Nigerian

      LOL…Joe, you do Trump-speak very well. I am loving it…Have a nice day!

  • Nationalists Awake!

    A Nigerian imortalized the words”My fellow Nigerians”,and has since gone on to be part of Nigerian folklore.His choice when saddled with leadership was a choice between being a Nationalist or to pander to artificial divisions.and he choose the former.It saddens me when i see some of the kind of “strong” language we use on ourselves and those who are in positions of authority(although some certainly deserve some stick).Our ways seem so set and our course determined,it is frightening.Well, Fellow Nigerians,our choice is simpler today as the options are so clear…Between our DOOM or Our GLORY.Pandering to ethnic,religious,political(APC/PDP),sectionalist sentiments will guarantee our DOOM for ultimately no house divided on itself can stand.Our only salvation is the revival of Nationalist ethos.Fingers can be pulled apart but a fist is well a FIST………Corruption is an anathema to the promise and idea that is Nigeria.I say to all those who ate our “collective yams” from whatever party,religion,ethnicity,interest and are called to give account – let the chips fall where they may!

  • Man_Enough

    At least some silver lining in the dark cloud. If pdp continues like this, they may rise again.

  • Sommy

    Good stand but let me remind PDP members that even the
    deputy officers are guilty of the crime Somebody like Okey NNadozie and Dennis
    Alonge were beneficiaries of these funds.

    A panel was convened against Okey Nnadozie for diverting
    funds that was ment for State Chairmen in Various states .

    So this is a situation where kettle is calling pot black We
    advice that the entire NWC and NEC should be dissolved.

  • Sommy

    Deputy National Organizing Secretary Okey Nnadozie also
    diverted funds ment for State Chairmen of the Party I think the resignation
    should start from him And Dennis Alonge

    where kettle is calling pot black We advice that the entire
    NWC and NEC should be dissolved.

  • Gugurus Ekpa

    PDP is about to eat its own young alive

    • aisha ani

      How about we add a dash of salt, pepper and garlic should be scrumptious. Yummy!

      • Gugurus Ekpa

        LOL. Nicely stated.

  • favourtalk

    Thank God tat someone I reasoning well in PDP, anyone that stole Nigeria money needs to answer for it and we don’t need any section or party to defend those that looted our fund for years, we wants them to be prosecuted and return Nigeria money. PDP had digged thier own grave

  • Son Of Naija

    Jeremiah 13:23King James Version (KJV)
    Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his spots? then may ye also do good, that are accustomed to do evil.

  • Wale Adegoke

    Dennis Alonge lost his constituency to the opposition during the 2015 general election. All of them are working for Ahmed Gulak the disgraced former political Adviser to Jonathan. Let EFC investigate their bank accounts including the money Gulak stolen from the treasury the treasury using dubious companies. All incumbent PDP National officers must go. Dennis is shamess let him publish his bank accounts if he is not part of the treasury looters.

  • New Nigerian

    Ribadu should take over PDP and clean it up. We need a credible opposition party