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PDP crisis: Agbero-styled removal of Secondus will fail, says Olafeso


A former South-West National Vice Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Dr. Eddy Olafeso has said that the ‘agbero styled’ removal of National Chairman of the party, Prince Uche Secondus, would fail.

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Olafeso said the PDP constitution spelt out how a National Chairman of the party should be removed from office.

Olafeso, who spoke in an interview in Akure, said the court’s removal of Secondus in River State was unknown to the party’s constitution.

He said the party does not belong to an individual.

His words: “When in doubt, the constitution comes first. Our constitution stipulates how you can discipline a national officer. If you are going through a slash and burn approach, you are abusing the constitution. The court of the land will not allow it. What they did in River State is not known to our constitution.

“For us, the truth remains that the constitution shall prevail at the end. Whatever anybody does, this party is beyond an individual. This party is beyond everyone one of us.

“The party belongs to the people and constitution of the party holds supreme. Section 59(1) stipulates how you can discipline a National Chairman. If it were not followed to the latter, people are just wasting their time.

“I believe Chief Uche Secondus should continue until his tenure expires as we prepare for 2023 elections. This agbero approach in trying to remove the National Chairman will not work. It has never happened before.

“What they got in Rivers is an interlocutory injunction. Its lifespan is just seven days. We shall overcome. Let us love Nigeria more than we love ourselves.

“Nigerians are waiting for the PDP to come and improve their lives. This purported removal of Secondus will not stand.”

Source: The Nation