The National Working Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party,PDP, has denied having any dispute with the party’s Governors’ Forum or any other organ of the party. There were reports on Thursday that the national chairman of the party, Adamu Muazu, was asked to leave a meeting of the governors’ forum which held at the Akwa Ibom state governors lodge. The reports also said the governors had asked the national chairman and members of the NWC to resign after leading the party to a disastrous outing in the recently held general elections.
However, PDP National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, in a statement on Thursday said the “NWC was never asked to resign by the forum of governors or any other organ of the party for that matter”. “For the avoidance of doubt therefore, the NWC states that at no time was the National Chairman of our great party, Ahmed Adamu Mu’azu, walked out of the meeting of the governors, neither was he in any way ill-treated at that meeting contrary to reports in some section of the media,” Mr. Metuh said.
“To put the records straight, our national chairman upon invitation by the governors attended the meeting alongside our Deputy National Chairman, Uche Secondus, and National Legal Adviser, Victor Kwon, and left after a brief and fruitful discussion with the governors. He was not at any time asked to resign and nothing close to such was ever insinuated at the meeting.
“For purposes of clarification, the National Working Committee as a duly elected organ of the party has a constitutionally guaranteed tenure which expires in March 2016. It is therefore focused on galvanizing every organ and interests within the PDP with a view to re-engineering it for the task ahead.
“To this end, the NWC is currently working hand in hand with strategic stakeholders including PDP governors towards repositioning our great party and regaining power at the center by 2019.
“In this regard, the National Working Committee in its meeting on Wednesday April 29, 2015 constituted a special committee under the Chairmanship of the Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu. The committee membership is drawn from all the key stakeholders of the party including members of the forum of governors.
“Furthermore, the NWC states that it holds the PDP Governors’ Forum in very high esteem, especially its Chairman, Governor Godswill Akpabio, who has worked assiduously for the progress of the party.
“Finally, the NWC restates that it enjoys the confidence and respect of all our organs and structures across board, particularly the PDP governors who individually and collectively appreciate that the supremacy of the party is more important than anything else at this point in time.”