Gulak asks PDP to name new chairman

Ahmed-Gulak

A former Special Adviser to Jonathan on Political Matters, Mr. Ahmed Gulak, has called on members of the party and the BoT to elect a substantive party chairman.

Gulak, during a briefing in Abuja on Wednesday, reminded members of the party of the court ruling, restraining former Deputy National Chairman of the PDP, Uche Secondus, from parading himself as the PDP acting National Chairman.

He said the party currently lacked genuine leader as there was no legally recognised chairman that would pilot the affairs of the party.

A verdict by Justice Hussein Baba of the High Court, Federal Capital Territory, had ordered Secondus to vacate the PDP chairmanship seat within 14 days.

The court order followed a suit filed by Gulak, where the court ruled that Secondus assumed the headship of the party through an illegitimate process.

However, Gulak said he should be elected as the new party chairman or any other eligible person from the North-East zone.

He said, “It is necessary for me to let the fact of my matter with PDP be known to all PDP members across the country.

“On December 16, 2015, consequent upon the suit I filed against Secondus, the then acting chairman of the PDP, the court gave judgment, declaring the continuous existence of Secondus as chairman as null and void and ordered a perpetual injunction against him, parading himself as acting chairman.

“The court gave 14 days, within which the party should either appoint me or any other person from the North-East geo-political zone as the acting chairman.

“Fourteen days from the date of judgment expired on December 29, 2015. As it is today, the party has no properly constituted organ. The National Executive Committee, National Working Committee and the national caucus, which by the constitution of our party, must at all times, every time, be chaired by a national chairman or acting chairman.

“As it is today, we don’t have a national chairman or acting chairman by the court order and as such, the organs of the party are not properly constituted in view of the constitutional provisions.

“Again, the BoT, whose acting chairman’s tenure expired in August, is also not properly constituted. I call all the BoT members of our party to attend the January 14 meeting and let them elect among them, their chairman so that at least, one of our important organs can be properly constituted.”

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