We Are Not In A Hurry To Elect A New Party Chairman...

We Are Not In A Hurry To Elect A New Party Chairman – PDP

By Sheryl Sanni | Staff Reporter on June 9, 2015
The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has won five House of Representatives seats in Lagos State, which had previously been won by the All Progressives Congress, APC.
File: People's Democratic Party Chieftains at a campaign event in Osun State

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), that ruled Nigeria in the last 16 years and has become the nation’s main opposition party says they are not in a hurry to elect a new National Chairman after the resignation of Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu on May 20, 2015.

The party’s overall poor performance and failure in the 2015 general elections were one of the reasons why the former party chairman had quit and according to reports by The PUNCH, the party which had earlier claimed to be in the search for a new national chairman, after several investigations have indicated that they were not in a hurry to elect a new chairman.

After Alhaji Mu’azu’s resignation, his deputy, Prince Uche Secondus, stepped in to fill in as acting national chairman of the party. PDP’s National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh had availed that the party was awaiting the report from the Post-Election Assessment Committee before going ahead to elect a new chairman.

The 15 man committee is headed by the Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, and was set up on May 3, 2015 and was given a time frame of three weeks to submit its report. But according to Olisa Metuh, who revealed on Monday, June 8, 2015 that the Senator Ekweremadu led committee had sought a 10 week extension which had been approved to enable it deliver a comprehensive report.

The National Executive Committee, NEC, which is the highest decision making organ of the party and is saddled with the responsibility of electing a new national party chairman, according to Metuh would not be able to convene until the assessment commitee had submitted its report.

“The Ekweremadu committee has asked for and has been given a 10-week extension. Until the committee submits its report, we cannot have NEC meeting,” Metuh said.

The most important thing to the party at the moment was the election of key officers into the leadership of the National Assembly.

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