– The new leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party
(PDP) is threatening fire and brimstone
– The Board of Trustees (BoT) which has taken over the
leadership of the PDP has issued a warning to
members of the party
– The BoT has warned that it won’t tolerate any
defection of any kind
Following rumours of an impending defection by some of
its members across the country, the PDP has issued a
warning to those contemplating such move to be ready to
lose their seats.
In a press statement released to the media yesterday, June
1, by the secretary of the BoT, Chief Ojo Madueke, the party
also advised the public to disregard any group of people
within the party claiming to be a faction of the party.
Chief Ojo Madueke, secretary of PDP’s Board of Trustees
”It is important to clarify unequivocally, that there is no
faction in PDP. There was only one approved national
convention which took place in Port Harcourt on Saturday,
May 21, which in accordance with PDP constitution,
approved some far reaching resolutions that had the
unanimous support of those who attended the Port
Harcourt convention with subsequent endorsements of
another PDP political meeting that took place in Abuja on
the same day.
”The conveners of the Abuja meeting have since integrated
their positions with the structures and resolutions of the
Port Harcourt convention,” part of the statement read.
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The statement also noted that the leadership of the party
has met with all the key organs and caucus within the party
namely; the PDP governors forum, the PDP leadership of
the National Assembly, former PDP governors forum,
former PDP minsters forum and other aggrieved members
of the party adding that they have all decided to work
The statement read: ”PDP has never been stronger than it is
now since its entry into the honourable role of a robust and
”Any suggestion of a faction, is at best ill-informed and
ignorant, and at worst, is part of a grand plan to decimate
the only political platform today, that is ready, experienced
and able to honour the nation’s invitation to have a credible
opposition party that will hold Government of the day
accountable and thereby strengthen and nourish our young
The party specifically warned legislators elected under the
platform of the PDP they stand the risk of losing their seats
in the legislature if they defect to other political parties.
”Our party will insist on a declaration of vacancy and
subsequent elections in affected constituencies in the event
of such misguided defections,” the party warned.
The National Secretariat of the PDP was re-opened on
Tuesday, May 31 for resumption of political activities after a
week since it has been under lock and key by the Nigerian
Police.The secretariat was sealed-off on Sunday, May 22, by
the Police to maintain law and order following the
aftermath of the party’s National Convention in Port
Harcourt on Saturday, May 21.
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Meanwhile, the sacked acting chairman of the PDP, Senator
Ali Modu Sheriff has said Ekiti state governor Ayo Fayose
cannot be vice president of Nigeria.
Sheriff who was removed from office by the party’s
governors and replaced by the Senator Ahmed Makarfi-led
committee said that all the excuses being given by the
governors as reason for their plot to remove him were
laughable and lack of any common sense.
He denied telling anybody that he wants to be president in
2019, adding that he could not have offered the vice
presidential slot to Fayose, because he was familiar with
the Ekiti state governor’s antecedents and character.