Dasukigate: Why Metuh, others won’t resign — PDP

The Peoples Democratic Party has reacted to the call by some leaders of the party, for the acting national chairman of the party, Uche Secondus, acting chairman of the Board of Trustees, Bello Mohammed, and the National Publicity secretary, Olisa Metuh, to resign from their positions.

Four deputy national officers of the party had Monday asked Mr. Secondus to step down and allow someone from the north east take office as chairman.

They also demanded the resignation of Messrs. Mohammed and Metuh over their ongoing trial over corruption charges.

The PDP National Secretary, Adewale Oladipo, in a statement late Monday, said the leadership of the party understood the concerns of its members especially since the “unfortunate electoral setback, its attendant trauma and disagreements within the party as well as the recent development leading to the probing of some of our leaders and of course our campaign funding by the APC-led government”.

The national secretary said the leadership had also noted the “desperation of some opportunistic and selfish individuals, including those being used by the APC, to draw political capital from the present challenges facing our party”.

“However, whereas the PDP remains a platform for all Nigerians to aspire, we note that that our constitution is clear on the mode of election, tenure, succession in the case of vacancy, and removal from office of our officers at all levels.

“Also the constitution and laws of our country provide that an individual remains innocent until otherwise proven by a court of competent jurisdiction.

“While we await the judicial determination of the cases involving some of our leaders at the EFCC, it is important that all party members show commitment to our rebuilding effort by ensuring utterances that encourage and unite rather than further discourage and divide our members.

“Any thing contrary to this would be playing into the very hands of those who want to decimate our party, destroy our common destiny as a people and install a one-party state in our country.

“Our earnest attention for now is our on-going rebuilding efforts, the amendment of our party’s constitution and our scheduled National Convention in March this year to produce new leaders in line with the statutory requirements of our great party.

“All the statutory organs are aware of the laid out plans by the NWC, which would soon be presented to them appropriately and accordingly.

“Moreover, any person or group which in any way feels aggrieved by any issue regarding our party should, as responsible party members channel such through the appropriate internal mechanisms instead of resorting to dragging our party in the mud in the media.

“Such, only portrays pursuit of personal ambition and interest instead of the collective good of our great party at a critical time as this.

“We therefore urge all loyal and dedicated members of the PDP to be at alert and wary of antics of certain external forces bent at causing confusion in our great party, all with the aim of ensuing that we do not unite as a formidable opposition and a government in waiting.

“The public and the media are by this made aware of the fact that the PDP remains a big family despite our temporary electoral setback.

“Also, our leadership and statutory organs, the NEC, NWC, Caucus, Board of Trustee, forum of Governors and caucuses of various legislative houses, are all united in the common effort to rebuild and reposition the party, especially with preparations for our National Convention in March,” he said.


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  • Peter_Edo

    Jalo and co need to take over the reins of the PDP

    • Akatikpo

      Jalo and Co are APC agents. Nothing for them. PDP will emerge stronger. It is a passing phase. The people will kick APC out soon. Go to IMO and call Rochas name, they will stone you. The corrupt buffoon just sacked 3000 workers. Let Buhari and his court jesters be deceiving themselves by the witch hunting called war against corruption while the economy burns. They will pay dearly when the people they are deceiving with propaganda turn against them.

      • Chuks

        You will remain Akatikpo the rest of your life since it was your choice to be illiterate.

        • Akatikpo

          You have said nothing. Akatikpo is a fighter against injustice and oppression as represented by APC. Akatikpo can never be cowed.

      • Peter_Edo

        Jalo and Co represent the conscience of the PDP which they thought they had buried in one shrine somewhere. I have always said EVERYONE IN PDP CANNOT BE BAD, the same way i said EVERYONE IN APC CANNOT BE GOOD. PDP needs to be restructured ALONG PATRIOTIC LINES, not sectional, tribal, mundane primordial lines which are actually fueled by CORRUPTION. Who knows, I might decamp to a better PDP if the APC becomes evil and overbearing sometime in the future. but the PDP NEC, NWC and leadership as present constituted lacks the moral ground to lead the PDP at this time!

  • Omotolaaraujo

    The PDP cannot save itself. There are too many criminals in the party. The New PDP will be no better.

  • Chuks

    And they say this media clerk Oladipo is a professor? of what? or are we seeing another Port Harcourt Dissertation without trace that transformed to native doctor without knowledge at Aso Rock?

  • Amiir

    Nigeria’s criminals resign into PDP not out of PDP. Like Fani-Kayode, Metuh and Haliru Muhammed will not be accepted by any party outside PDP. The wages of sin is death in hell fire which is PDP!

    • DON

      And Tinubu, Atiku, Fashola, Amechi, Slyva, Kwankwaso and others in APC are all saints?

  • Tafidan Dogon Daji

    Why should the national officers of the PDP resign?They were merely accused and convictjon is yet secured.So they remain innocent untill the contrary is proved.

  • Babawale

    There is no shame in this country at all. It is enough reason to voluntarily resign when a competent anti graft body indicts a leader of of an organization that should be trusted with people’s voice.

  • Man_Enough

    Soon, pdp will be left for crooks.