Following the ongoing crisis rocking the national leadership of Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP), the Party Governors’ Forum has ordered the interim National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, to handover the leadership to the National Secretary, Prof Adewale Oladipo.
The twist is coming on the heels of a hostile takeover by an aide to former President Goodluck Jonathan, Alhaji Ahmed Gulak, who stormed the secretariat with his supporters and declared himself as the party’s National Chairman, following a high court ruling.
The governors – under the aegis of PDP Governors’ Forum, PDPGF – who disowned Mr Gulak, stated that Prof. Oladipo would oversee the affairs of the party for now in line with its constitution.
This disclosure was issued in a communiqué by the Chairman of the forum and governor of Ondo State, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, at the end of the PDPGF meeting, on Wednesday, January 27, in Abuja.
Vanguard Newspaper reports that the governors frowned at the refusal of the acting National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, to honour the judgment of an FCT High Court which last December ordered him to vacate office for any other person from the North-East zone.
The communiqué read: “The invasion of the party headquarters today by Ahmed Ali Gulak who reportedly assumed the chairmanship of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is regrettable and condemnable.
“We take cognizance of the judgment by the court in Abuja which ordered the acting chairman to vacate office for any other person from the North-East zone of Nigeria.
“Our party’s constitution has enough provisions for that and the necessary process has been put in motion. In recognizance of the judgment the court gave, we call on the national secretary to take over the leadership of the party immediately and that is in line with the provisions of the PDP constitution.
“The decision of the governors came barely some hours after the former Political Adviser to past President Goodluck Jonathan, Alhaji Ahmed Gulak, stormed the secretariat with his supporters and made himself the national chairman of the party.