- The leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party spoke on the race for national chairmanship
- A chairmanship aspirant Uche Secondus said he is not the candidate of Senator Ahmed Makarfi
- Secondu said he has not held any meeting with Makarfi and he didn't not endorse him
The crisis rocking the Peoples Democratic Party over the race for national chairmanship of the party is taking a turn for the worse as threats of parallel national conventions have been muted in some quarters of the party.
Leadership reports that some party stakeholders seemed to have been displeased with what they consider as moves to impose a candidate as national chairman at the December 9 national convention.
According to a report, ''Many angry party members are waiting to see what the party leadership will do over this matter.
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''We can’t allow persons who plunged the party into crisis barely two years ago repeat the same thing this time around.
''Already, some party leaders are muting the option of holding a parallel convention just like the one which forced the removal of Sheriff.’’
A PDP chairmanship aspirant, Prince Uche Secondus, however, said he is not the candidate of the chairman of the party’s national caretaker committee, Senator Ahmed Makarfi.
Secondus stressed that at no time was the national chairmanship position micro-zoned to southwest geo-political zone by stakeholders from the zone.
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Reacting to claims that he enjoys Makarfi’s support, Secondus, who was a former deputy national chairman of the party, said: ''Makarfi is not paving way for my emergence. There is no truth to that statement.
''I have been going round quietly and canvassing for votes. I have not held any meeting with Makarfi and he has not endorsed me. There was no time that the office (national chairmanship) was micro zoned.''
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that political infighting was threatening to mar the coming convention of the PDP scheduled to take place on December 9.
The crisis was triggered by the disagreement over the list of panelists to conduct the ward delegates election ahead of the party’s convention.
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