A former Governor of Enugu State, Sullivan Chime, has confirmed that he has left the Peoples Democratic Party.
Speaking in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Friday in Enugu, Chime said his decision to quit the PDP was because the party was “no longer in existence in the true sense of it”.
Chime said, however, that he had yet to join another political party contrary to speculations that he had defected to the All Progressives Congress.
He said 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 Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.
Chime said: “The PDP, we used to be members of, is dead.
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.
“There is no provision in PDP’s Constitution for interim caretaker committee led by Senator Ahmed Maikarfi.
“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 Senator 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 remaining in the PDP would be a deceit, advising his supporters to look for a better platform to actualise their political aspirations.
He said that he could not explain why the Independent National Electoral Commission had not deregistered the PDP.
He said: “It is surprising or maybe INEC has not deregistered the PDP because the organisation 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 deregistration of the party and then form another party.”
Chime said the founding fathers of the party lost it in 2014 when the PDP deviated from its norms.
He said he had not become a registered member of any political party but that he would certainly join a political party that would take the interest of his people at heart.
He said: “I will not join a party without making it public.
“I cannot join through the back door.”
Chime said it was obvious that the real founding fathers of the PDP had left, noting that no one would play active politics and succeed in the party.
Some notable politicians in Enugu State, including a former Senate President, Chief Ken Nnamani, and Chief Jim Nwobodo, a former senator, had since dumped the PDP for the ruling APC.
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