PDP dead; should be de-registered – Chime

Sullivan Chime, former Enugu State Governor, has revealed reasons that led to his exit from the People’s Democratic Party, describing the party as “dead and cremated”.

Chime said his reason for leaving PDP was because the party was “no longer in existence in the true sense of it.”

“The PDP, we used to be members of is dead. The party I joined in 1999 and had the opportunity of leading in the state for eight years is no longer in existence.

Debunking rumours he had pitched tent with the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chime said he has not decided on a party to join yet, stating that he is still making consultations on which party to join.

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“I will not join a party without making it public. I cannot join through the back door,” he explained.

He also cleared the air regarding insinuations that his decision to leave PDP was because of his case with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Chime also described as unfortunate the leadership crisis rocking the PDP.

“We have two groups claiming to be in charge of the party as chairman. These two, none of them can actually lay claim to the chairmanship of the party.

“There is no provision in PDP’s Constitution for interim caretaker committee led by Sen. Ahmed Maikarfi.

“The PDP convention has no power to set up a caretaker committee and did not seek to amend the party’s constitution,” he stated.

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“It is surprising or maybe INEC has not de-registered the PDP because the organisation is no longer working in tandem with the constitution that created it.

“The PDP as originally formed has been cremated and no serious-minded politician will remain in it.

“If those still remaining feel strongly about coming together they can come back, secure de-registration of the party and then form another party.”