The Peoples Democratic Party Governors’ Forum has in Abuja on Wednesday, January 27, kicked against moves by an aide to former President Goodluck Jonathan, Ahmed Gulak, to declare himself as the party’s National Chairman.
Gulak, who was the former Special Adviser to Jonathan on Political Matters, had earlier in the day at the PDP secretariat, alleged to have assumed office as PDP national Chairman following a court ruling.
However, the governor’s forum, after a meeting on Wednesday, lamented that the invasion of the party headquarters by Mr. Gulak.
The governor’s forum, which acknowledged – in a statement issued at the end of the meeting – the verdict by a court in Abuja, which ordered the current acting chairman, Uche Secondus, to vacate office for any other person from the North-East zone of Nigeria, condemned Gulak’s attempt to assume office of the Chairmanship of the PDP as regrettable and condemnable.
“Our party constitution has enough provisions for that and the necessary process has been put in motion,” they said.
It stated that the appropriate organs of the party would meet soonest to elect a national chairman of the party from the appropriate zone.
It would be recalled, a Federal High Court in Abuja, which was presided by Justice Yusuf Baba had on December 16, 2015, ordered Mr. Secondus to vacate office and revert to his position as deputy national chairman of the party.
Mr. Secondus was also urged to handover the leadership of the party to either Mr. Gulak, who was the plaintiff to the suit, or any other qualified person from the north eastern part of the country.
Since former chairman, Ahmadu Muazu, resigned his position last year, the Office of National Chairman of the PDP has been left vacant.