Chime dumps PDP, says party is dead

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…Wonders why INEC has not de-registered it

The immediate past governor of Enugu State, Mr. Sullivan Chime, has dumped the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), describing it as dead.

He said the PDP, on which platform he won governorship election twice, is “no longer in existence in the true sense of it.”

“The PDP, we used to be members of, is dead,” Chime told the News Agency of Nigeria in Enugu.

“The party I joined in 1999 and had the opportunity of leading in the state for eight years is no longer in existence.

“We have two groups claiming to be in charge of the party as chairman. These two, none of them can actually lay claim to the chairmanship of the party.”

Chime said, however, that he had yet to join another political party, contrary to speculations that he had defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

He said that he was still making consultations to determine the political party to join, pointing out that his decision to dump PDP had nothing to do with his corruption case with the EFCC.

On the crisis now tearing the PDP apart, Chime said: “There is no provision in PDP’s Constitution for the  interim caretaker committee led by Sen. Ahmed Makarfi.

“The PDP convention has no power to set up a caretaker committee and did not seek to amend the party’s constitution.”

The former governor explained that Sen. Ali Modu Sheriff on his own was brought in to serve out the tenure of former PDP National Chairman, Adamu Mu’azu, adding that the tenure had long elapsed.

Chime said that remaining in the PDP would be a deceit

He advised his supporters to look for a better platform to actualize their political aspirations.

He said that he could not explain why INEC had not deregistered the PDP.

“It is surprising or maybe INEC has not deregistered the PDP because the organization is no longer working in tandem with the constitution that created it.

“The PDP as originally formed has been cremated and no serious-minded politician will remain in it.

“If those still remaining feel strongly about coming together they can come back, secure de-registration of the party and then form another party.”


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