The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr. Uche Secondus said that the strength of the party in Ebonyi and southeast was intact in spite of Gov. Dave Umahi’s defection to the ruling party.
Secondus said this in his remark at the 90th National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting of the PDP held at its national headquarters on Thursday, November 19, in Abuja.
Secondus said that the PDP refused to be blackmailed on reasons given by Umahi for his defection to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
“You must have read the eventual defection of Umahi to the ruling APC on Tuesday; and his provocative reason of an allegation of injustice against South East by the party.
“We have refused to join issues with him in any way; but we cannot bow to any blackmail.
“What I can report to NEC is that the strength of our party in Ebonyi state and southeast is intact; and the NWC has taken necessary steps to protect and guard it.
“The real season that informed this decision will soon be exposed,” the national chairman said.
Secondus, who briefed the NEC on PDP performance in Edo and Ondo governorship elections, said that the party was liaising with its members in the National Assembly to ensure that a fraud-free law was put in place ahead of 2023.
“Within our family also, we are putting all hands on deck; to ensure we enter the next election stronger as one united and harmonious family.
“To achieve this, I solicit the full and undiluted cooperation of NEC.”
Secondus added that the NWC was continuing in its extensive consultations; with critical stakeholders to ensure that no stone was left unturned for PDP return to the presidency in 2023.
On EndSARS protest, Secondus advised the Federal Government to address the fundamental issues raised by the youths; rather than adopting strategies to intimidate perceived leaders of the peaceful protest.
He said that peaceful protest was a right in every democracy and guaranteed by the country’s constitution.
The chairman who decried the manner in which the Federal Government was handling the affairs of the youth, said that PDP must work hard to ensure that Nigerian youths were once again, given a voice in the country.