By Lateef Ibrahim, Abuja
The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party ( PDP), Prince Uche Secondus has assured that the National Working Committee, NWC, and all other organs of the party will adhere strictly to the openness demonstrated during the party’s Presidential primary in handling the Kogi and Bayelsa states ‘ governorship primaries.
This is even as he cautioned governorship aspirants of the party in Kogi and Bayelsa states not to resort to cheap blackmail or frivolities ahead of the September 3 primaries of the party.
Secondus, who spoke yesterday at the party’s office in Legacy House Abuja, assured all aspirants of level playing ground, charging them to avoid violence that could lead to avoidable crisis in the party.
He enjoined them to, instead, engage in vote canvassing among delegates.
The National Chairman concretely assured of the neutrality of the party leadership in the processes that will lead to the emergence of PDP governorship candidates in both states.
He, however, declared that the party will not bend its rules but apply due constitutional procedures as laid down in its guidelines for primaries election without fear or favour.
He equally dismissed the allegation of his alleged meddlesomeness in the Bayelsa primary process, describing such as frivolous, unfounded and cheap blackmail.
According to him, “the National Working Committee and every organ of the party will adhere strictly to the openess displayed during PDP Presidential primary in handling the Kogi and Bayelsa primaries”
He commended the PDP’s peace committee, led by Sen. Ben Obi, which looked into the crisis in the Lagos chapter of the party for its selfless service.
Secondus assured that the recommendations of the committee will be given adequate consideration.
He confidently declared that the party is moving towards the right direction in settling disputes in crisis infested states including Lagos.
Secondus expressed the optimism that after the total resolution of issues in the state chapter, PDP will be in good stead to win Lagos state in 2023.
His words, “You have done the party a great service needed at this critical time when PDP is repositioning and rebuilding all segments of the party”.
The party, Secondus said, has effectively played its role as the main opposition party by representing interests of Nigerians and putting the ruling APC on its toes.