PDP crisis: BoT, NEC back workers on NWC sack


The crisis rocking the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) over the sack of workers by the National Working Committee (NWC), has assumed a new dimension as some members of the Board of Trustees and National Executive Committee have backed the call for the sack of the NWC.

It was gathered on Monday from PDP national secretariat, Abuja, that some former national chairmen of the party and BoT members met select workers where they expressed support for the workers.

According to sources, the PDP NEC and BoT members, who were scandalized by the woeful outing of the party during the last general election, are on same page with the workers that members of the NWC should have thrown in the towel and quit after the former national chairman, Adamu Muazu resigned.

“The feeling among BoT and NEC members is that since members of the NWC led the party to such an unprecedented defeat in 16 years they should have done the honourable thing and resign to allow other to come in and rebuild the party from the ruins of the last election,” the source said.

He added that the NWC lacks the moral right to implement the report of the Ike Ekweremadu-led Election Review Committee set up to evaluate the circumstances that led to the defeat of the party during the elections.

Meanwhile, the workers have threatened to release several documents on how the NWC looted the treasury of the party.

One of the leaders of the workers said the damaging documents will be released in phases if the impasse is not resolved soon.

Obviously worried by the turn of events, the Prince Uche Secondus-led NWC on Monday opted for dialogue with the workers to resolve the stand-off.

The management of the party comprising Directors held a meeting for several hours with leaders of the PDP Staff Welfare Committee at the national secretariat over the grievances of the workers that the NWC was plotting to sack.

After the meeting, the Directors were scheduled to meet with the NWC members at undisclosed location in Abuja.

None of the NWC members reported to work on Monday over fear of attack by the aggrieved workers.

However, it was gathered that the BoT will likely give approval for the revalidation of the workers to weed out those that are suspected to be moles in the party.

A ranking member of the BoT who spoke on condition of anonymity said some of the workers were brought into the party by their godfathers who have since defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The fear in the opposition PDP is that these workers who owe allegiance to the godfathers that facilitated their employment in PDP will be passing sensitive information and documents to their godfathers in the APC.

He, however, assured that the BoT will not allow anyone to witch-hunt any innocent worker in the process of the revalidation exercise.

The directive of the NWC to the workers, some of whom have worked for the party for 16 years, to go back to their respective state chapter chairmen to get clearance letters was one of the major grievances of the workers.

There are also fears that the embattled NWC members have directed state chairmen not to issue clearance letter to any staff they have scores to settle with.

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