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PDP Crises: Dep. Nat. Pub. Secretary makes U-turn withdraws resignation letter

By Myke Uzendu, Abuja

There are indications that the crises rocking the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) may be easing out following the withdrawal of the resignation letter earlier sent to the party by it’s Deputy National Publicity Secretary, Diran Odeyemi.

The Deputy National Publicity Secretary, Prince Diran Odeyemi while withdrawing the resignation letter, vowed to work with the National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus led National Working Committee of the party to ensure a successful National Convention, which will usher in new national officers. 
According to the letter which was sighted by The AUTHORITY, dated August 4th and addressed to the National Secretary, he said that the activation of the party’s internal  conflict resolution mechanism as well as the fact that the lifespan of the party’s current leadership will come to an end in less than four months. 
The letter read; “I write to withdraw my letter of Resignation as the Deputy National Publicity Secretary of our great party.  “This decision is taken in view of the activation of the internal method of resolving issues by our leaders across the length and breadth of Nigeria.  “I also wish to state expressly that whatever embarrassment the resignation has caused the party, its leaders, members and supporters is highly regretted.  “Most importantly, in view of the fact that the tenure of myself and other members of the present National Working Committee (NWC) will expire in another three months, it is my view that the boat should not be rocked under any guise.  “Consequently, I pledge my loyalty and commitment to the party and the Prince Uche Secondus led NWC, and will continue to play my roles to ensure a successful National Convention, which will usher in new national officers.  “May God endow our leaders with wisdom to navigate the ship of the party to a safe harbour. Amen.”
Odeyemi along with other seven other Deputy National officers tendered their resignation letter last Tuesday, demanding that the National Chairman of the party, Prince Uche Secondus should now out of office. They accused him of maladministration and enriching himself from the party’s coffers.
The move was later followed by a press conference held by the party’s National Youth Leader, Sunday Ude-Okoye who disclosed that other ten members of the National Working Committee (NWC) will soon tender their resignation letters unless Secondus vacates office.
However to save the party from imminent implosion, its Board of Trustee (BoT) convened a well attended emergency meeting on Thursday where they resolved to setup another committee comprising of members of the National Assembly, all the NWC members, State governors, former governors and other stake holders to chat a new direction for the party.
Other officers that had earlier tendered their resignation include Ahmed Bello, Deputy National Legal Adviser; Umoru Hadizat, Deputy National Women Leader; Divine Amina Arong, Deputy National Auditor; Hassan Yakubu, Deputy National Organizing Secretary; and Irona Alphonsus, Deputy National Financial Secretary.

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