Atiku Denies Involvement in Plot to Unseat Secondus
Former vice president, Atiku Abubakar, has denied any involvement in the plans to oust Uche Secondus as the national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Atiku’s media aide, Paul Ibe, on Wednesday described the allegation as a product of “beer parlour talk”, adding that he could not have participated in any move to unseat Secondus when he had been encouraging genuine reconciliation in the PDP.
He clarified that that his trip to Rivers had same motive with that of Delta, pointing out that consultation for genuine peace and repositioning of the main opposition party were the key objectives.
The spokesman stated: “It is a beer parlour talk, it is also a mischief. Why will a former Vice President be behind the plot to sack PDP National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus? What will be his interest?
“Someone, who has commenced the process of having conversations with stakeholders of the party on reconciliation. A man, who has encouraged processes aimed at ensuring peace and stability in the party cannot be linked to that kind of plot.
“He made the trip to Port Harcourt, similar one to Delta. And he has more in the offing. Why will he promote peace and stability in the party and be behind moves to sack Secondus? It’s ridiculous for anyone to talk about this.”
Atiku said he understood the PDP Constitution and what the party said about tenure for party leadership, adding that he could not be working against something he understands and promotes.
Reports said Secondus met with the aggrieved members of the PDP national leadership on Wednesday and begged them to allow peace to reign.
During a closed-door meeting at the party’s national secretariat in Abuja, the embattled chair was said to have asked the angry officers to allow the current executive finish together in peace.