Tuesday January 18, 2022 8:25 PM

Wike, Secondus the main factors in PDP crisis- David Mark panel

The  David Mark panel set up by  the People Democratic Party to look into the crisis rocking the opposition party  it was learnt, is of the opinion that only the withdrawal of all suits in court could enable the PDP to hold a hitch-free national convention on October 31.

According to a source,  members have identified Wike and Secondus as the arrowheads of the crisis rocking the PDP.

The source said: “We have resolved to hold a frank session with Wike and Secondus within the next 48 hours. We will make the observations of party leaders known to them and seek their cooperation on the way out for the crises.

“Our minimum demand is immediate withdrawal of all cases in court in order to restore stability to the party. Without the withdrawal of the cases, the PDP national convention cannot hold on October 31.

“The conflicting orders from different courts have not helped the nation’s democracy and the image of PDP as a democratic party.

“Don’t forget that withdrawal of cases was a major mandate given to us by the National Caucus.

“We will use the opportunity to seek their opinions on all issues that led to the crisis in order to avert a repeat. By the time we interact with them, there may be some of their backers or foot soldiers we need to reach out to.

“After they agree to withdraw the cases, we will look for internal solutions after meeting with the key actors and their supporters.”

The source added: “This crisis may lead to recommendations from the panel on how to handle such whenever it occurs in future. Our report may even guide PDP to look its constitution on intra-party disputes.”

The source said the panel might meet Wike and Secondus separately.

The eight-man panel was raised by the National Caucus of the party on Friday.

Speaking to reporters at the end of the meeting, Tambuwal said: “In view of the fact that we are yet to receive that court order from Kebbi State High Court, we empanelled this committee (Mark committee). It is part of what this committee is going to look at, and all the parties involved accordingly.

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