The Board of Trustees (BoT) the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), failed to resolve the crisis rocking the party after four hours of intensive and tension-soaked meeting in Abuja.
The meeting was called to resolve the crisis rocking the party as there seems to be no end to the crisis which has seriously threatened the tenure of the party’s National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus.
After failing to reach a consensus, the party BoT, decided to inaugurate a Reconciliation Committee to address the issues causing the crisis.
Senator Walid Jibrin, who is the Chairman of the BoT, chaired the meeting.
The meeting agreed to consult with high placed personalities and groups in the party, like; National Assembly members, PDP Governors, former Governors, former Ministers, the National Working Committee (NWC), etc.
Former Senate Presidents, David Mark, described the meeting as cordial and fruitful. He said the board resolved to set up a committee not just to resolve issues related to recent resignation of seven deputy national officers of the party, but to make PDP more united.
He debunked rumours making the rounds that Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State was summoned to the meeting. He said the Governor is a member of the board and attended the meeting like all members present did.
Another Former Senate President present at the meeting, Bukola Saraki when quizzed about the outcome of the meeting said:
“As a member, I was attending for the first time in a long time. We all came together to address some issues and because of the urgency of the matter, we agreed to set up this committee urgently. Within the next 48 hours to 72 hours, the committee will meet, and at the end of the meeting, the country will see the direction the party is going.”
A camp within the party believed to be spearheaded by Wike, is up in arms with Secondus, calling for the removal of the party chairman from office. The crisis has divided the party into two opposing camps, with one camp seeking Secondus’ ouster, while the other wants the chairman to serve out his tenure, which ends in December.
The crisis in the party led to the resignation of some deputies, citing some issues against the National Chaiman, Prince Uche Secondus whose tenures expires by December.
A former minister who attended the meeting said Governor Wike received serious bashing for being too hostile to Secondus.
“For instance, Wike’s ‘tax collectors’ remarks as well the one where he called Secondus a liar were cited as not good enough.
“Those who spoke on the side of Secondus believed that Wike should be more cautious in matters concerning the National Chairman so that the image of the PDP could be protected. However, there were others who cautioned that the leadership of the party should be more circumspect.”
Those present at the meeting include former Governors, former Ministers, former party Chairmen, Former Senate Presidents. some of them are: National Secretary, Senator Umar Ibrahim Tsauri; former President of the Senate, Adolphus Wabara; former Kaduna Governor, Ahmed Makarfi; former Niger Governor, Babangida Aliyu; former Minister of Special Duties, Tanimu Turaki; Chief Tom Ikimi; former Katisna Governor, Ibrahim Shema; former Cross Rivers Governor, Liyel Imoke; Chief Olisa Metuh; and former Osun Governor, Chief Olagunsoye Oyinlola.