PDP reconciliation committee urges caution over Secondus issue
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Reconciliation Committee led by former Senate President, David Mark is urging caution in the party’s plan to get rid of its chairman, Uche Secondus, before the expiration of his tenure.
The committee warns the party against sacking the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party, headed by the suspended Secondus to avoid running into legal obstacles.
The David Mark Committee, in its report to the party, asked the PDP not to allow new executives to take over the affairs of the party before the exit date of Secondus team on December 9.
Mark, said the Secondus’ NWC should be allowed to serve its term till December 9, 2021 when its tenure will end.
It said Governor Nyesom Wike is yet to agree to withdraw all cases in court.
The panel claimed that although Secondus agreed to withdraw all cases, it was on the condition that he would do so if Wike did the same.
The Mark panel however said the party can go ahead with the conduct of its National Convention.
It urged the PDP Governors Forum to be united, and recommended a five point way forward for the party.
The recommendations were considered by the PDP governors on Wednesday night in Abuja.
The suggestions were said to have guided the PDP National Executive Committee (NEC) on Thursday in appointing Governor Ahmadu Fintiri of Adamawa State as chairman of the National Convention Committee (NCC) and Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State as secretary.
Also, Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi was appointed the chairman of the Zoning Committee of the party.
It was learnt that the recommendations of the eight-man reconciliation committee of the party provided the bearing for the PDP governors.
“That Governor Wike and Chairman Secondus withdraw all court cases to allow for smooth convention. While Governor Wike has not consented to that yet, Chairman Secondus, however, promised to withdraw the cases if the other party does the same.
“That the party appoints a Convention Committee that should take over the responsibilities of organizing the National Convention as soon as possible.
“That the handing over after the convention could be delayed until December 9, 2021, to enable the current NWC to serve out their term.
“That those beating the drums of war behind the scene are urged to stop beating the drums.
“That the Governors Forum should point the way forward. That there is a need for the governors to continue to be united.”
The report was signed by Mark; Governor Darius Ishaku; a former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Tom Ikimi; a former Minister of Communications, Haliru Bello Mohammed; a former National Chairman of PDP, ex-Governor Okwesilieze Nwodo; a former Deputy National Chairman of PDP, Shuaibu Oyedokun; a former Minister of Women Affairs, Inna Ciroma; and the Senate Minority Leader, Enyinaya Abaribe.
“This committee opted for a middle approach to the resolution of the crisis to stave off more cases in court.
“What the panel has done is to set the warring parties aside and focus on the survival of the party, which is more important to all the stakeholders.
“The recommendations have also created a window for all the parties to exhaust their claims and counter-claims in court. The panel however advised the parties to withdraw all cases in court.”