The deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, has denied the build-up of tension in the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, over alleged secret zoning of national offices of the party by some of its leaders.
Ekweremadu, who headed the 2015 post-election review committee of the party, said on Friday that media reports of disaffection in the PDP was sheer illusion of authors of confusion, people who did not wish the party well and were scared of the former ruling party’s steady resurgence after its defeat at the last general elections.
The statement signed by his special adviser on media, Uche Anichukwu, said “There is so far, no meeting, secret or open, where all or a few PDP party leaders met to zone the National Working Committee (NWC) offices of the party.
The PDP’s constitution is clear on how the party can arrive at a zoning formula.
“Besides, it should be clear to all that the days of any form of impunity and underhandedness within Africa’s biggest party are gone. We are committed to returning fully to the founding principles and philosophies of the PDP”.
It further urged Nigerians to disregard the report, describing it as baseless and untrue.
“Therefore, there can never be any secret zoning of PDP’s NWC positions or any other office for that matter. Such exists only in propaganda rooms and imaginations of those who are afraid that we are steadily reinforcing, reforming, and coming back stronger to give the nation a more purposeful leadership”, Ekweremadu said.
“The PDP will soon convene a meeting of the relevant stakeholders and organs of the party as stipulated by our constitution to come up with a clear zoning of the national offices of the party in a transparent, democratic, and fair manner”, he added.