The ill wind blowing and threatening to destroy the Nigeria”s main opposition, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has worsened with resignation on Tuesday of seven members of the party’s National Working Committee (NWC).
ALSO Tuesday, the national Youth Leader of the PDP, openly called upon the party’s National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus to step down from his position, accusing him of gross incompetence.
The PDP under Secondus has seen many prominent members of the party decamp to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) with their main reason being the National Chairman who they says lacks what it takes to lead a national party.
Among that decamped from the PDP in recent times include governors David Umahi of Ebonyi state and his Cross Rivers counterpart, Prof. Ben Ayade, senators, House of Representatives members and states executive members who left with their governor’s, among others.
The resignation of seven members of the NWC was confirmed Tuesday by the party’s National Organising Secretary, Colonel Austin Akobundu (retd).
Those who resigned include: the Deputy National Financial Secretary, Deputy Legal Adviser, Deputy National Auditor, Deputy National Publicity Secretary, Deputy Women Leader and Deputy Organising Secretary, as well as one other whose identity has not been revealed at the time of this report.
Although they resigned their leadership positions, the seven pledged to remain members of the party and to see to it that Uche Secondus is removed as national chairman as they can no longer work with him.
The Tuesday, the National Youth Leader of the party, Sunday Ude-Okoye, who confirmed their resignations to reporters, also called on Secondus to step aside, accusing him of crippling many departments and units in the Secretariat.
He said: “Today, I have asked him (Secondus) in our NWC meeting to resign his position as the chairman of this party because he cannot lead this party to victory.
“I am also asking the leaders, the governors, the founding fathers, the youth, the women to rise up to rescue our party.
“I am here to make it very clear to all Nigerians that if Secondus does not resign from the party, I am going to leave the party for him.
“The governors, if they don’t wade into this matter right now, I assure Nigerians that within the next three, four days, my (resignation) letter will be made public.
“Seven deputies have already resigned their positions today because of Secondus. Many more people are also going to resign in the NWC because of Secondus.
“Right now, I can tell you that not less than eight to ten persons within the NWC members are very aggrieved with Secondus,” he stated.