• We won’t, says Metuh
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), former chairman, Board of Trustee of PDP governors, former Chairman of the party’s Board of Trustees (BoT), Chief Tony Anenih and some elders of the party have stepped up plans to reposition the party for what one of them described as ‘’credible opposition role’’ in the current political dispensation. However, they believe the first step in repositioning the party is for all members of the National Working Committee (NWC) to step down from their offices.
A source who is privy to the plans, yesterday told New Telegraph in Abuja that “PDP governors and some elders of the party have agreed that there is the urgent need to reposition our party for a credible opposition role in the present dispensation and for future political challenges. And we agreed that the first step is to ask all members of NWC to step down.”
It was gathered that the decision to ask all members of NWC to step aside was taken in Abuja last week during a meeting between PDP governors and some selected elders of the party.
The source said: “Before former President Goodluck Jonathan left office, after we lost the presidential election, we requested him to summon the NEC meeting of the party to enable us to discuss the outcome of the presidential election and the way forward. But he refused.
“And when Adamu Mu’azu and Chief Tony Anenih resigned as the national chairman and the chairman of BoT of our party respectively, some of us again prevailed on President Jonathan to call NWC meeting to enable us to restructure the party before he leaves office but he was not disposed to it because the acting chairman of PDP advised him against it on the ground that the entire NWC members would be removed.
“Now that he (Jonathan) is no longer in office, many of us have agreed to summon NEC meeting to enable us to chart a new agenda for our party.” According to the source, the resignation of Mu’azu, as the national chairman of PDP, is not enough to redress the party’s woeful loss in the last general elections. Many leaders of the party, including Ekiti State Governor, Mr. Ayo Fayose, had also canvassed for Mu’azu’s resignation.
The source added, “Our popular view is that the entire NWC should go and that cannot be questioned; members of NWC who were accused of dirty deals during and after the elections; those of them who supervised and conducted questionable primaries that led to a huge crack in the party before the general elections are still there. This is unacceptable to us.’’ However, the National Publicity secretary of PDP, Mr. Olisa Metuh, described such an insinuation as idiotic, saying it is not possible.
“It is not possible; such a move will be illegal. We just met and many of our members are happy with the new chairman’s direction, especially about what we just witnessed at the National Assembly. “How do you want me to react to this? If I say it is not true now, you will say the national publicity denied the story. I do not want to talk about it.
The story does not make any sense to me,” he stated.
• We won’t, says Metuh