The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said it was not disturbed over the emergence of new faction from the party.
The party said it was not going to be distracted by the emergence of the factional group, insisting it will not be bothered by it.
In a statement on Wednesday, by the party’s Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondinyan, the party said it was unperturbed by the development.
A parallel faction, whose members are said to be loyal to one of the chairmanship candidates in the recently concluded convention of the party, emerged on Wednesday with its office at Asokoro, Abuja.
Led by one Emmanuel Nwosu, the group which referred to itself as ‘Fresh PDP’ called for the nullification of the party’s convention held on December 9 at the Eagle Square in Abuja.
Other members of the group are Alhaji Hassan Adamu, Chief Olusola Akindele, Chief Godwin Duru and Franklyne Edede.
Briefing newsmen at the party’s secretariat located at Tito Broz street, off Jimmy Carter street, Asokoro, Nwosu said the process leading to the emergence of the Uche Secondus-led National Working Committee was fraught with illegality and abuse of electoral process.
The slogan of the new group is “Fresh PDP, PDP First.”
However, the National Publicity Secretary of PDP claimed that the factional group was being used by forces outside the PDP and expressed optimism that the Uche Secondus leadership will continue to work for the growth of the party.
The statement read: “The PDP is completely unperturbed by the comical act of some individuals who make outlandish claims in the media regarding our party.
“The fact is that we are happy with the efforts of the Governor Seriake Dickson-led Reconciliation Committee as well as the responses from all the respectable and responsible leaders of our party in that regard. “We will however not be responsible or respond to any person or groups of individuals who decide to allow themselves to be used by forces from another political party in a laughable and childish attempt to distract us.
“The PDP under the Prince Uche Secondus-led national leadership will continue to focus on repositioning our great party to be the formidable opposition that will guarantee checks and balances in our polity and ultimately regain power in 2019.”
Meanwhile, the Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, has said that those parading themselves as ‘Fresh PDP’ should be arrested and prosecuted for disrupting the peace of the country.
He made the call while receiving the newly elected national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Uche Secondus, in his office in Ado-Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital on Wednesday.
Secondus, along with other members of the party’s National Working Committee ( NWC) are in Ekiti for the local government election rally coming up in Ado Ekiti on Thursday.
Secondus, in his earlier remarks, said the Fresh PDP was a mere detractor, that should be ignored.
But Fayose said they were miscreants meant for the prison.
“We are not distracted by elements of distractions. We are focused we know the enemies are at work. We know several things have been going on with some wanting to prevent our convention,” said Secondus.
“But since we have had a peaceful convention they are not happy. We know these people, even those from outside and we will name them when the time comes.”
Fayose, however, noted that those parading themselves as ‘Fresh PDP’ should have been clamped into prison.
“They are simply charlatans. I won’t be surprised and we are doing investigations to know those who are behind them,” said Fayose.
“In a society like Nigeria, where we need a virile opposition, we need to continually put the government of the day on its toes for them to know that Nigeria is greater than all of us. Some miscreants would just make press statement and say they are splinter group or whatever they call themselves.
“In a proper democracy, they are supposed to have been arrested and detained for breaching the peace of the society as their action is unwarranted and uncalled for.
“But we are not going to celebrate such by making an issue out of it. Nigeria needs peace at all times. We are not going to go back to the days of Sherif and co, by giving attentions to those persons making noise all over the place. This party will remain focused and move on.
“I urge Nigerians to ignore them. When I saw them on the Internet, they were faceless people I cannot recognise so they remain a set of jobless miscreants.”
Also reacting to aggrieved members who were defeated and pulled out of the last PDP convention, Fayose said: ” What is important about the convention is for the party to be transparent and we have done that.
“And the moment the party has put in place the necessary level playing ground, everybody defeated at that election should be honourable enough to accept it. There would be another opportunity tomorrow. I am a consistent man, and don’t live a spoilers life.
” Let me tell Nigerians that the PDP has done our convention and we have our leadership and we are now more focused than ever and forging ahead and will reclaim the Villa and give Nigeria a befitting leadership.”
On those who have dragged the PDP to court demanding the cancellation of the convention, the governor said: “I don’t mind if you go to court, it is different from some people going to the television and parading themselves as fresh whatever, are they dirty before.
“If you feel aggrieved, ideally they have all signed undertaken to accept outcome of the convention. How can you who didn’t get a single vote now go to court over what?
“The apex body of the country’s judiciary has warned judges to be wary of politicians in the build up to the general elections in 2019. And I am sure no judge would want to put his job on the line by allowing jobber politicians who are looking desperately for money. We will not join issues with those from the latrine.”