Not new PDP this time around but ‘fresh PDP’.Some aggrieved members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday staged a protest in Abuja to express disaffection with the outcome of the just concluded national convention of the party.
Led by one Emmanuel Nwosu, members of the group, numbering about six, threatened to form a splinter PDP group, saying they were out to reform the party.
The group, which called itself Fresh PDP, declared that the newly elected National Working Committe (NWC) chaired by Prince Uche Secondus would not stand. It threatened to open its secretariat in Abuja.
A controversial governor in one of the states in the Southeast is fingered to have sponsored the uncoordinated group, a claim that Nwosu denied.
But the leadership of the PDP dismissed the group as inconsequential, saying it’s completely unperturbed by what it described as the comical act of some individuals who make outlandish claims in the media regarding party.
A statement by the National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan expressed satisfaction with efforts of the Governor Seriake Dickson-led reconciliation committee, “as well as the responses from all the respectable and responsible leaders of our party in that regard”.
Ologbondiyan continued: “We will however not be responsible or respond to any person or groups of individuals who decide to allow themselves to be used by forces from another political party in a laughable and childish attempt to distract us
“The PDP under the Prince Uche Secondus-led national leadership will continue to focus on repositioning our great party to be the formidable opposition that will guarantee checks and balances in our polity and ultimately regain power in 2019”.