Sunday Kelly Ude Okoye’s nomination as Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) National Secretary was rejected by the party’s National Working Committee (NWC) on Tuesday.

At the same time, Senator Samuel Anyanwu, the PDP National Secretary and the party’s candidate for governor of Imo State in the November 11, 2023 election, returned to his office at the PDP National Secretariat in Abuja to the delight of his colleagues.

At a meeting held at the party’s national secretariat, the committee ordered Ude Okoye not to present himself as the national secretary and reaffirmed its stance that the PDP follows its norms when choosing or electing national executives.

Since nothing in the PDP’s constitution or rules prompted National Secretary Senator Anyanwu to retire so that he may run for governor of Imo State, DAILY POST remembers that the PDP NWC already confirmed that the Office of the National Secretary is not empty.

The PDP Election Guidelines, as amended in 2022, do not include a provision for the resignation of officers running for election, and the NWC had further clarified that the 30-day resignation notice in Section 57 (5) of the PDP Constitution does not apply to individuals contending for electoral office.

According to reports, the NWC reversed its nomination of Ude-Okoye and requested all of the challengers in court to drop their claims since the party follows its constitution.

After the NWC meeting, acting National Chairman Umar Illiya Damagum briefed reporters on the group’s decision, explaining that contradictory court rulings were a factor.

I expect you to inquire further into the National Secretary’s problems. This is a family matter that is currently being settled. The NWC has asked all contenders to go back and withdraw their arguments in court,” Damagum stated.

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