The newly elected National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Prince Uche Secondus has refuted reports that former Vice President Atiku Abubakar is working for the All Progressive Congress, APC, despite his defection to the PDP.
Secondus described claims as baseless publication to distract and cause division in the party.
In a statement by PDP National Chairman’s media office, Secondus said the party will not be deterred by such publications to jeopardise its planned reclaiming of power in 2019.
It read: “The attention of the media office of the National Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party PDP Prince Uche Secondus has been drawn to a laughable fabrication in the social media quoting the National Chairman as saying to nameless reporters that the former Vice President Atiku Abubakar who recently returned to the party is working as agent for both President Muhammedu Buhari and the ruling APC.
“This is the kind of thing that should not merit a response but because of record and harmless social media followers who may fall victim of such dangerous distortions, we want to say that Prince Secondus got his mandate riding on his experience in party management
“Such experience includes but not limited to knowing what to say, how to say it and when.Prince Secondus knows as National Chairman that after December 10, 2017 mandate he has become the leader of all members of this party including all its Presidential hopefuls and cannot for any reason position himself in Favour or disfavor of any of the aspirants
“Aware of the enormous challenges before him of rebuilding, repositioning and regaining power come 2019, the PDP National Chairman is presently preoccupied with huge task ahead of him.
“National Chairman’s media office therefore wants to alert Nigerians that in coming days and months more of such baseless publications would be seen ostensibly to distract us and create division among us …but they have failed because with the new spirit in PDP we we would not be distracted from our set goal of chasing APC out of Aso Rock.
“We therefore want to advice all Nigerians particularly our beloved members to disregard any of such publications not from our office or from credible media houses.
“This is the kind of thing that should not merit a response but because of record and harmless social media followers who may fall victim of such dangerous distortions, we want to say that Prince Secondus got his mandate riding on his experience in party management.”