Ologunagba: I’m not aware of any move to relocate South South Zonal Office

The Peoples Democratic Party has denied any plan by its proxies, agents or privies to relocate the South South Zonal Office.

Its Spokesman, Debo Ologunagba, said in a chat with a national daily that he is not aware of any plot to move the South South zonal secretariat from its present location.

For several years, Port Harcourt seen as the operational capital of the country’s oil industry has offered accommodation to the Zonal Headquarters of the PDP.

Ologunagba who did not confirm if a consultative meeting planned by the party will take place in a nearby South South State as reported however told the Sun, “I am not aware of any such moves.”

The denial of the proposed move to hold a consultative meeting outside the party’s Zonal Office by the National Publicity Secretary had been prompted by media reports that a consultative tour of stakeholders drawn from the South South is planned for Uyo in Akwa Ibom State.

Although differences between camps led by Atiku Abubakar, presidential flagbearer of the PDP and Governor Nyesom Wike over the chairmanship of the party have not been resolved, nobody has said that stakeholders of the PDP are personae non granta in Port Harcourt.

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The latest development, probably orchestrated by the fact that Governor Udom Emmanuel is  the chairman of the campaign Council, has given rise to speculations in some quarters that whatever is left of the peace move that is purportedly taking placemay have broken down.

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Despite the trip of the National Chairman out of the country, a move some say was intended to pave the way for a robust encounter between the Wike camp and a combined team of the party’s NWC and BoT, nothing has so far happened.

On the contrary, the Atiku team moved to establish a national campaign structure, which nonetheless included Governor Wike without taking steps to heal existing wounds.

On Monday, Zonal officials of the party led by Chief Dan Orbih which met to discuss crucial issues warned that such a move might deepen the crisis that is already raging within the PDP.

The Zonal Working Committee reminded the party that hosting any consultative meeting or tour outside the Zonal Office of the party in Port Harcourt would be grossly unconstitutional.
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“Worried by the unabating crises in the Party since  the Presidential Primaries, and in appreciation of the need for unity and cohesion, particularly in the build-up to the 2023 General Elections”, Ekom Akonjom, Zonal Organizing Secretary of the party said, “the Zonal Working Committee welcomes the idea of a National Zonal Consultative Tour.”

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“However, the Zonal Working Committee notes with grave concern, the fact that the consultative tour to the South South Zone is regrettably without justification, planned  to hold outside the Zonal Head Quarters, Port Harcourt, Rivers State. This we resolve, is not acceptable to the Party leadership in the Zone as it is capable of further dividing leaders of the Party in the Zone.

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State

“To this end, the Zonal Working Committee further resolves that the  Consultative Tour of the Party should hold at the Zonal Headquarters, Port Harcourt, Rivers State. It is to be noted that holding any of such meeting outside the zonal headquarters will aggravate issues and not achieve the desired move for reconciliation, peace, and unity in the party”, the communique issued by the Zonal Working Committee noted.

The Zonal Working Committee stressed  that by virtue of Section 31 (2) (d) of the Party’s Constitution 2017 as amended, all organs of the Party recognised by the PDP Constitution “are expected to function democratically.”

“To this end, it should be noted that holding the South South Zonal Consultative Tour anywhere outside the Zonal Headquarters will amount to a breach of Section 31 (2) (d) of the Party’s Constitution, and the Zonal Working Committee will not be a party to any breach of the Party’s rules let alone its Constitution.

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“The Zonal Working Committee resolves to henceforth, resist any action capable of deepening and; or widening the crises of confidence amongst leaders of the Party in the Zone”, the communique added.