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I can’t be forced out of office, says PDP chairman, Secondus

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 I can t be forced out of office says PDP chairman Secondus

The embattled National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Uche Secondus, has vowed not to resign from office.

Mr Secondus, in a statement by his media aide, Ike Abonyi, on Monday, said he had not committed any offence to warrant his resignation.

He said those demanding his exit should tell party members across the country what his offence was.

The terse statement said, “The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Prince Uche Secondus has said that he will not resign his position.

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“Prince Secondus said in a short statement from his media office that nothing so far warrants his resignation from the party position and those tiny minority calling for his resignation should come clean and tell party members across the country his offence why he should resign.

“He said he will remain focused and committed to the ideals of the party which he swore to protect and defend upon his election to lead this great party 44 months ago.”

The chairman’s statement came a few hours after the PDP caucus in the House of Representatives demanded his resignation.

The caucus, which met last Saturday, in a communique, said the party would be in grave danger if Mr Secondus was allowed to continue in office in the next three months.

The lawmakers asked the Board of Trustees (BOT) of the party and the PDP Governors Forum to commence the re-engineering of the party.

The tenure of Mr Secondus and other members of the National Working Committee (NWC) will expire in December having been elected for a four-year mandate in December 2018.

Some members of Nigeria’s main opposition party have expressed dissatisfaction with the leadership of the national chairman.

They claimed that the party’s misfortune has nosedived since Mr Secondus took over.

The members repeatedly cited the many defections that have hit the party, including those of three of its governors and members of the National Assembly.

Governors David Umahi of Ebonyi State, Ben Ayade of Cross River and Bello Matawalle of Zamfara State, defected to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in the last 10 months.

Similarly, some members of the PDP in the National Assembly also dumped the party for the APC.

A member of the BOT, Joy Emordi, a former senator, also resigned her membership of the party.

The crisis assumed a new dimension last week with the resignation of seven members of the NWC from their positions last week.

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