National Secretary: Were Not Your Slaves South East Pdp Spoils For Showdown With Nwc

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national secretary were not your slaves south east pdp spoils for showdown with nwc

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, South East zone has urged the National Working Committee, NWC, and other organs of the party to ratify Hon. Sunday Udeh-Okoye as the party's CV v National Secretary in line with the zones decision, PDP Constitution, and a valid court order.

Leaders of the party decried the mistreatment of the zone by the PDP despite being the bastion of the party since inception, insisy toting that they would no longer tolerate the delay in the ratification of Udeh-Okoye as the National Secretary, as the zone was not a slave to the PDP.

The South East PDP took the stand, Tuesday, in a communique issued at the end of a meeting of the South East Zonal Executive Committee and party leaders held in Enugu under the leadership of Governor Peter Mbah of Enugu and PDP National Vice Chairman (South East), Chief Ali Odefa.

The meeting was also attended by the Chairman, PDP Board of Trustees, Senator Adolphus Wabara, and a host of others.

In his opening remark, Mbah said: "We have carried the banner of PDP in the South East with great pride. So, when we have come together, as a people on a matter that affects us as PDP members in the South East and a decision is taken in line with our partys Constitution and the electoral guidelines, I think it would be a mistake if that position is disrespected."

This was even as the BOT Chairman, Wabara, expressed pains over the triviality with which the PDP had treated the South East zone of party.

"I believe that we are here to decide whether we, the South East, will continue to be slaves in this party. I feel pained that the Igbo are being mistreated. We are being treated like slaves.

Therefore, we will leave here with a far-reaching decision and that decision must be carried. That is why we are here", he said in his introductory remark.

Meanwhile, rendering the communique issued at the end of the meeting, Chief Odefa said: "The meeting reiterated and reconfirmed its decisions in its earlier meeting held on 20th October, 2023, which asked Senator Samuel Anyanwu to stop parading himself as the National Secretary of the Peoples' Democratic Party (PDP), as he has relinquished the office by virtue of the Constitution of the PDP, which has been upheld by a court of competent jurisdiction.

The meeting affirmed the nomination of S.K.E. Udeh-Okoye as his replacement for the National Secretary of the Party, to serve out the remainder of his term, in accordance with the Party's Constitution.

"The Constitution of PDP is very clear on the matter of resignation of an elected national party official, who vied or is vying for an election, as presented below.

"Section 47 (5) states that any elected PDP national officer who wishes to contest an elective office mist resign. It gives the power to determine the length of Notice of the resignation to the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the Party, to be contained in the Guidelines.

"On the basis of the above, the PDP Governorship Primary Guidelines in Clause VI (1) provides among others as follows: 'Pursuant to Section 47 (5) of the Peoples' Democratic Party Constitution (2017 as amended), which mandatorily required resignation of any elected national officer of the party vying for elective office, any aspirant who is a party office holder/Executive Committee member at any level shall resign his or her office or appointment seven (7) days before the purchase of Expression of Interest Form and shall provide proof of resignation along with his or her completed EOI FORM before being allowed to procure the Nomination Form. Failure to adhere to this provision shall be grounds for automatic disqualification of such an aspirant.'

"Not only did Senator Anyanwu purchase the Expression of Interest Form, he also bought the Nomination Form, contested the Primaries, and became the PDP Governorship candidate in the Imo State Governorship election that held last year. Even though his resignation was automatic, based on the Constitution and Guidelines of PDP and the operation of law, Senator Anyanwu promised the Leaders of the South East Zone of the Party and the PDP Governors' Forum that he will formally resign before the Imo State elections.

"Furthermore, a court of competent jurisdiction, the Enugu State High Court, on 28th December 2023, in a considered opinion, held that Senator Anyanwu, by standing for the Governorship primaries of the PDP, 'had elected on his own volition to vacate the office of National Secretary.' The Court further ordered that S.K.E. Udeh- Okoye be recognised as the National Secretary of the Party.

"However, in a judgment that presumably was obtained per in curiam and in abuse of court process, a Federal High Court, Abuja, about two weeks later, on 9th January, 2024, declared that Senator Anyanwu should remain the National Secretary. We note that the Enugu High Court's judgment was first in time, and both court