Some elected national officers of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have asked the Acting Chairman of the Board of Trustees (BoT) Bello Mohammed and the national publicity secretary, Olisa Metuh, to step down from their offices.
The position of the party was made on Monday, in a statement signed by four of the national officers; the deputy national youth leader, Dennis Alonge-Niyi; the deputy national legal adviser, Bashir Maidugu; the deputy national organizing secretary, Okey Nnaedozie and the deputy national publicity secretary, Abdullahi Jalo.
They called on all relevant members and organs of the party to rescue the party “from fortune hunters who have hijacked its very soul.”
“We hereby strongly dissociate the Peoples Democratic Party from the ongoing trials of Dr. Bello Halliru Mohammed ( Acting Chairman of Board of Trustees) and Chief Olisa Metuh ( National Publicity Secretary) on various charges anti graft agencies.
“They are said to have received funds using accounts of their private companies without the knowledge and instructions of any organ of the party. All those mentioned in the ongoing corruption trial are, therefore, on their own and the party was not involved financially or in anyway with the office of the National Security Adviser, ONSA, or any organ of the federal government in the last regime.
“They must bear full responsibility for their actions and must henceforth refrain from dragging the name of the party into the mud.”
The PDP chieftains also called on the National Executive Council of the party to convene a meeting immediately to formalise the appointment of a new spokesperson in line with the party’s constitution.
“This is a declaratory ruling where no order of stay of execution from any other court has been granted. The NEC must do the needful by selecting a suitable national chairman from the north east to complete their tenure in accordance with our tradition and the party’s constitution.
“In pursuance of this therefore, Prince Uche Secondus should revert back to his constitutional position of Deputy National Chairman of the party as a matter of urgency.”
“All committees set up by the irregularly constituted national working committee should be dissolved and new committees constituted by NEC in good faith and the general interest of the party.
Finally, we urge the National Caucus and the Board of Trustees as a matter of urgency to convene a meeting of NEC to address all these burning issues. Any further delay will exacerbate the situation.”