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Party Crisis: PDP NWC Demands Apology From Workers

Posted: Aug 6, 2015 at 1:35 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Rotimi Akinwumi  – Abuja 

 

Warring workers of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) are in a dilemma over the demand for apologies by the National Working Committee (NWC) before their demands will be looked into and resolved.

The party and the NWC members have been at each other’s throat over the plans by the NWC to reduce the staff workforce by 50 percent with the remaining 50 percent to have their salaries cut by half.

The workers retaliated by raising issues about the finances of the party, accusing the NWC members of embezzling N13 billion party funds.

The petition by the workers was copied all organs of the party.

The NWC denied the allegations and said in a reply by its National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh that the workers were being used by the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to cause disaffection within its fold.

In an attempt at resolving the issue, series of meetings have been held, and the NWC in a meeting with the management staff of the PDP held yesterday at the Legacy House in Abuja, resolved that the workers must apologise.

Metuh had earlier in a statement issued late Tuesday night insisted that there was no going back on the sack of the workers despite their protests.

One of the workers who spoke with Daily Independent on condition of anonymity said “we have been directed to write letters of apology and copy chairman Board of Trustee (BoT), National Executive Committee (NEC), chairman PDP governors’ Forum before they could listen to us.

“The NWC is sad that we have caused the party a lot of embarrassment; they complained that we ought to have channel our grievances through the Director of Administration, who in turn will pass it to the National Secretary to NWC, without a recourse to the public” he said.

The resolution of the meeting was conveyed to the enlarged workers forum at a meeting held yesterday inside the NEC hall at the party’s secretariat.