The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) caucus in the House of Representatives has asked the embattled National Chairman of the party, Uche Secondus, to immediately resign from his position.
The seven deputy national officers accused Secondus of not carrying other NWC members along in the scheme of things, adding that they are not comfortable with Secondus sequel to the recent gale of defections of members from the party.
Reacting in a statement last week, Secondus said that those plotting his removal were doing so to hijack the party ahead of the 2023 general elections.
But in a statement issued on Sunday and jointly signed by the PDP caucus leader and deputy leader respectively, Kingsley Chinda and Chukwuka Onyema, the lawmakers asked Secondus to leave his position to allow peace reign in the party.
The PDP lawmakers said Secondus’ stay in office “will do grave injustice to the party and put us in a precarious situation as every hour should matter now”.
The lawmakers accused Secondus of a “lax and bedroom managerial attitude” which has resulted in the defection of members from the party.
The statement reads: “To many, the national chairman seems much more contented with occupying the office and therefore preoccupied with holding onto his position rather than preparing for next elections; this explains for his inexplicably missing endless opportunities that ought to have been utilized for consolidating a viable opposition; skewing party congresses to favour personal future ambition and frustrating genuine party members across states which have resulted in the mass exit of party members at the national assembly.
“There is no clear road map, blueprint or policy programme for the PDP by the Chairman, thus the party is allowed to flow with the tide, only showing up with weak press releases once in a while without commensurate sustainable action.
“The lax and bedroom managerial attitude of the Chairman who runs the party from his home and only surfaces in the party office for meetings, coupled with several promises without commensurate action has led to inept management of complaints, despondency amongst members and consequently an exodus of members of the party at all levels, including a member of the Board of Trustee of the party.
“Whilst these misfortunes befell the party and concerned party members are busy trying to stem the tide, the party chairman has carried on as if all is well and does not appear to see the caldron awaiting the party if it continues on that trajectory.
“While the PDP National Chairman, Chief Uche Secondus contributed notably to the party in the past, cogent accusations currently being levelled against his leadership far transcend personal issues as there is an established consistent and persistent pattern of inadequate consultations, even with members of the PDP House Caucus, thereby giving rise to hitherto unspoken feelings of intra-party alienation in several quarters including in his NWC.
“Such has manifested into, or encouraged or fueled the exit of many prominent and highly-experienced party members with many more at the brink of leaving if nothing is done fast”.
“We want Secondus to consider making the necessary personal sacrifice worthy of a leader in the party’s current and future interest with a firm assurance of honourable regard and appreciation by the party leadership now and in years to come, by honourably resigning his position as party chairman immediately, to allow the party an early start”.
“We also advised the board of trustees (BOT) and governors elected under the party to ensure immediate and firm resolution of current challenges to enable a re-engineering, re-focusing process that would restore party members and millions of other Nigerians’ hope and confidence in the PDP”.