Fresh PDP Proscribes Party’s Governors’ Forum
A Peoples Democratic Party faction, under the aegis of Concerned Candidates and Stakeholders of the PDP said it has proscribed the PDP Governors’ Forum.
The group, which is behind the formation of the Fresh PDP, described the Forum as oppressive and retrogressive.
The forum, which has Ekiti State governor, Ayodele Fayose, has eleven members.
The concerned PDP group believes the governors were the masterminds of the ‘Unity List’ that led to the emergence of the newly inaugurated National Working Committee (NWC) in the December 9 National Convention.
Spokesperson of the Concerned PDP, Emmanuel Obi-Nwosu said yesterday that it would inaugurate its own factional NWC on January 22.
This, he added, was “to enable all members of the NWC who travelled out for holidays to return.”
He assured members of the faction that under his watch, all presidential and other elective office aspirants will be guaranteed a level playing field during the primaries.
“No more shall our party entertain any form of list, whether unity or divisive. The party constitution shall be followed to the letter in the conduct of all future party elections,” he said.
Obi-Nwosu, who denied that his group was working against the ongoing peace process within the party, insisted that the action of his group was one of the major means of resolving internal dispute.
He added, “What happened at Eagle Square does not require reconciliation but restitution. What we are doing is to ensure that what was done wrong is done right. What we need in PDP now is thorough internal party democracy.”
He, nevertheless, said his group would not go to court to seek redress, explaining that “the Board of Trustees of the party has been vested with powers to arbitrate in the matter.”
While refuting claims that the BoT has accused the faction of trying to destabilise the party, he said the BoT Chairman, Sen. Walid Jibrin, “called me personally and said he had gone for medical checks and when he returns we will have a meeting.”
He added, “What we are doing is part of internal mechanism to ensure that the PDP does not go down. We are asking for restitution.
The Uche Secondus-led NWC has however, warned the group against using PDP’s logo, slogan, flag or any insignia of the party as part of its activities.
The National Publicity Secretary of PDP, Kola Ologbondiyan, who said the party would meet with all contestants at the convention this month, warned that persons who use their party identity to create a faction risk will be arrested.