The intra-party crisis of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) spat over claim to its leadership, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) after due consultations and meetings held, affirmed Deputy National Chairman (South), Yemi Akinwonmi, as the acting National Chairman of the opposition party.
This was disclosed by the party’s spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan, after the closed-door meeting by the National Working Committee in Abuja on Thursday.
Mr. Akinwonmi replaces the national chairman, Uche Secondus, who was on Monday ordered by a Rivers State High Court not to parade himself as the national chairman of the PDP.
He confirmed the rescheduling of the party’s National Executive Council (NEC) for Saturday.
“Elder Yemi Akinwonmi was unanimously affirmed as Acting National Chairman.
In response, the PDP Governors forum led by His Excellency Aminu Waziri Tambuwal called for an emergency meeting on 26th August 2021 to navigate a way forward for the development of the party
“We will be holding our caucus and another NWC meeting tomorrow preparatory to holding our National Executive Council meeting at 12 ‘O’clock on Saturday,” Mr. Ologbondiyan told journalists.
The section stipulates: “In the case of the National Chairman, he shall hand over to the Deputy National Chairman who shall, without prejudice to Section 45 (6) of the Constitution, act as the National Chairman pending the election of a replacement.”
Mr. Akinwonmi, who declared his assumption of office as the acting national chairman on Tuesday, was rejected by a faction of the NWC led by the Deputy National Chairman (North), Suleiman Nazif, citing the former’s health condition.
Mr. Nazif declared that his southern counterpart was unfit to lead the team at this moment when energetic leadership was essential in restoring normalcy to it.
Giving his reason, Mr. Nazif took charge of the party affairs on Tuesday when he held an NWC meeting at the party’s national secretariat against Mr. Akinwonmi’s earlier directive suspending meetings of the organ indefinitely.
He also scheduled an emergency National Executive Committee (NEC) for Friday.
Mr. Ologbondiyan said at the briefing that Mr. Nazif alongside other members of the NWC adopted Mr. Akinwonmi as the substantive national chairman.
A new twist of fate unfolds on the 26th of August 2021, as a Court in Kebbi State restores Prince Uche Secondus as the party’s national chairman.
The presiding judge, Justice Nusirat Umar said she was satisfied after reading the affidavit of the respondents that an interim order should be granted on the purported suspension of Prince Secondus pending the determination of the case.
She gave the order in a suit brought before her in Birnin Kebbi in case KB/AC/M. 170/2021.
“An order of this honorable court granting leave to the first respondent (Uche Secondus) to continue exercising all the constitutional powers of the office of Chairman of PDP (second defendant) as enshrined in both 1999 Constitution of Nigeria as amended and the Peoples Democratic Party’s constitution pending the hearing and final determination of applicant’s motion on notice,” the order read.