Those who resigned cited what they called “bad treatment” as reason for their actions.
Those who resigned were Deputy National Publicity Secretary, Diran Odeyemi; Deputy National Legal Adviser, Ahmed Liman; Deputy Women Leader, Umoru Hadizat; Deputy Auditor, Divine Arong; Deputy National Organising Secretary, Hassan Yakubu; Deputy Financial Secretary, Irona Alphonsus.
They accused the National Chairman of the party, Uche Secondus of high handedness.
National Publicity Secretary of the party, Kola Ologbondiyan, who confirmed the resignations said “The NWC of our great party at its meeting today received the notice of the resignation from deputies who are elected members of the National Executive Committee.
“The meeting of the NWC and the deputies immediately took place to dialogue on the issues that were raised. The party will look into the grievances raised by members of NEC as well as members of the National Working Committee.”
He said matters would be resolved using the internal conflict resolution mechanism of the party.
Ude-Okoye, who is the National Youth Leader of told journalists that Secondus was responsible for the crisis in the party.
He said, “He had made sure that many departments of the party did not function as effectively as they ought to function. Mr. Chairman has nothing to offer to the party, only to come here and deceive us.
“Today, I have asked him in our NWC meeting to resign his position as the chairman of this party because he cannot lead this party to victory.”
In its reaction, PDP Governors’ Forum expressed concerns over the development.
A statement titled “PDP Governors call for calm, ask detractors to leave PDP alone”, which was signed by the PDPGF Chairman, Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State, asked members to keep their gunpowder.
It said, “The Governors hereby call on all members of the party and indeed all stakeholders to remain calm in the face of the developments.
“We plead with all aggrieved persons and those with the interest of the PDP at heart to keep their gun powder dry, as efforts are being made in consultation with members of the PDP Board of Trustees and other stakeholders to resolve all contending issues.”