PDP won’t dismantle Kwara leadership for Saraki, Secondus assures

Uche Secondus

The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Uche Secondus, has promised that the party’s leadership in Kwara State would not be dissolved.

Secondus gave the assurance yesterday when the state Chairman of the PDP, Akogun Iyiola Oyedepo, led the executives to visit him in Abuja.

The assurance followed the concerns that the party’s structure may be disbanded, if Senate President Bukola Saraki returns to the party.

While stating that Saraki would be welcomed into the PDP, he assured them that the party would not temper with the existing structure.

He said: “We will welcome Saraki with open hands if he comes to be part of the party. We don’t have any issue with the present executives and we cannot stop somebody from joining the party.

“In plain language, the executive that is on ground was constitutionally elected for four years and parties are always in anticipation of new people coming to join them. Anybody who will add value to the PDP is welcome.”

On whether the leadership would be make some concessions, Secondus said: “We are ready to make concession on what we have not decided on. But we cannot remove the chairman or treasurer. We are ready to allow them on issues that have not been settled.  But issues that have been settled are for four years.

“For instance, if we have not done the primaries for governorship, house of assembly, national assembly and presidential aspirants, if Saraki decides to contest for the presidency, we cannot deny him a nomination form.” 

He added that if Saraki chooses to return to the Senate, he would also be allowed to buy the form like others.

Oyedepo had appealed to the national leadership to prevent Saraki from tampering with the party structure, adding that the party would welcome the senate president and other persons who are interested in joining and adding value to the PDP.

The state chairman stressed that the party would, however, be ready to make concessions to Saraki on matters that had not been settled. These include elected offices that are still open in 2019 general elections.

He said the party, though not apprehensive about the likelihood of Saraki’s return, but wants the national leadership to be cautions.

“But we have been assured that the era of impunity has gone. That is the much that the national chairman has told us,” he said.

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