By our reporter/ The embattled Chairman of the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party, Uche Secondus has refused to relinquish his position following a call by the caucus of the Party at the House of Representatives for him to “honourably” resign as chairman of the party.
At the PDP National Secretariat on Monday, some party members also held placards calling for Secondus’ resignation.
However, in a statement signed by his spokesperson, Secondus said nothing, so far, warrants his resignation as National Chairman, adding he has done nothing wrong to warrant his resignation.
He asked, “those tiny minority calling for his resignation” to “come clean” and tell party members across the country his offence.
He said he will remain focused and committed to the ideals of the party “which he swore to protect and defend upon his election to lead this great party 44 months ago”.
The calls for Secondus’ resignation come as PDP Governors met in Abuja on Monday to discuss recent events that threaten the unity and existence of the party.
At least seven principal officers of the party have resigned from the party in recent weeks, although two later withdrew their resignation letters after a meeting of the Board of Trustees.
The PDP has also lost the Governors of Ebonyi, Cross River, and Zamfara to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
According to the PDP House caucus, who met virtually on Saturday, Secondus was more “preoccupied with holding onto his position rather than preparing for next elections.”
They accused him of having “no clear road map, blue print or policy programme for the PDP.”
Secondus was also charged with possessing a “lax and bedroom managerial attitude” which has led to “inept management of complaints, despondency amongst members and consequently an exodus of members of the party at all levels, including a member of the Board of Trustee of the party.”
According to the PDP lawmakers, Secondus should “consider making the necessary personal sacrifice worthy of a leader in the party’s current and future interest with a firm assurance of honourable regard and appreciation by the party leadership now and in years to come, by honourably resigning his position as party chairman immediately, to allow the party an early start.”