Gulak technically 'takes over' PDP chairmanship


The Political Adviser to former President Goodluck Jonathan Alhaji Ahmed Ali Gulak has reportedly assumed the Chairmanship of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP), with effect from yesterday, his spokesman, Ochuba Emmanuel said in a statement.
Gulak has also purportedly cancelled the planned congress being planned by the Uche Secondus led PDP.
Emmanuel said in the statement e-mailed to Daily Trust that Gulak assumption of duty was based on the declarative judgment by the High Court in Abuja, on the 16th December 2015, which ordered Prince Secondus to vacate office as the Acting Chairman of PDP, not later than 29th December 2015, and hand over to Gulak or any other person from the North-East zone of Nigeria.
“The Court went further to make an Order of perpetual injunction against Prince Uche Secondus, restraining him from continuing to act in the office of the National Chairman of PDP. In disobedience to the court Order, Prince Uche Secondus did not vacate office, nor hand over to the plaintiff, or any other person from the North-east zone of Nigeria,” Emmanuel said.

He added that a detailed letter by his counsel to INEC and BoT of PDP also specified that Gulak is now the ‘authentic National Chairman’ of the PDP, pending the election of a national chairman.

He said: “Alhaji Gulak has also cancelled the congresses already scheduled by Prince Secondus, declaring it illegal as the National Executive Committee (NEC) did not meet to ratify the dates. He said new dates shall be announced in due course after a NEC meeting.”
He urged all PDP members across the country to remain calm and law abiding saying the party shall soon be rebranded.

But when our correspondent visited the PDP national secretariat in Abuja, yesterday, there was restriction of movement into the secretariat by security operatives.

 According to them,  all the national officers of the party had gone for the Christmas and New Year break.
Few men of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) were seen around the secretaria,t while the environment was quiet and calm.

But PDP national publicity secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh told Daily Trust in a telephone interview the change of guard was not true, saying it was impossible for Gulak to emerge as PDP national chairman without the Appeal Court delivering on the stay of execution filed by the party over the issue.  

“We don’t have a new political party. What we have is the PDP and the acting national chairman is Prince Uche Secondus. So it is not true, it is not possible and nobody can be rewarded for saying that Gulak is the new PDP national chairman. We have filed a stay of execution at the appeal court.

“There is no judgment that Gulak should be made the national chairman of the PDP. We don’t expect a new PDP national chairman without NEC.  With the stay of execution filed at the appeal court, you can’t expect a new national chairman of the PDP now until  this season is over,” he said.


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