Politics PDP In Fresh Crisis over Arms Deal Scandal



Fresh crisis is currently rocking the Peoples Democratic Party as some national officers of the party on Monday called on the party’s Acting Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Alhaji Haliru Bello, and others to step down with immediate effect over involvement in the arm procurement scandal with the office of the former NSA boss, Sambo Dasuki.

They also said the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh, should also vacate office as well.

According to PUNCH, the officers, who said they were acting on behalf of members of the party’s National Executive Committee, hinged their position on the corruption charges, which the two men currently face in their prosecution by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

The statement, requesting the officers to step down, was signed by the Deputy National Youth Leader, Dennis Alonge-Niyi; Deputy National Legal Adviser, Bashir Maidugu; Deputy National Organising Secretary, Okey Nnaedozie; and Deputy National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Abdullahi Jalo.

These officers also called on the party’s Acting National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, to revert to his position as the deputy national chairman and allow the party’s caucus from the North-East to produce the substantive chairman as ordered by an Abuja High Court.

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Secondus, in his reaction, however, said he had appealed the judgment that sacked him from office, adding that those calling for his removal ‘‘are ignorant of the law.’’

Meanwhile, the national leadership of the PDP has asked members of the party to beware of fifth columnists in the party.

The National Secretary of the party, Prof. Wale Oladipo, stated this in a statement in Abuja on Monday.

He was reacting to the call by some national officers of the party that some members of the NWC should be removed from office.

He said, “In the same vein, we have noted the desperation of some opportunistic and selfish individuals, including those being used by the APC, to draw political capital from the present challenges facing our party.