The Board of Trustees (BoT) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has called for the resignation of Senator Samuel Anyanwu from the position of the party’s National Secretary. The demand is based on constitutional provisions disallowing a candidate from holding dual positions, particularly as Anyanwu is the party’s governorship candidate in the upcoming November 11 election in Imo State.
Senator Adolphus Wabara, the BoT Chairman, issued the demand in a statement on Saturday. He cited the constitutional provision that mandates the resignation of any party officeholder contesting an elective position. Wabara urged the National Working Committee (NWC) to ensure Anyanwu’s immediate resignation from the office of National Secretary to focus on the impending election.
Section 47(5) of the PDP constitution, as amended in 2017, states, “Any officer elected into the executive committee of the party at any level may resign his or her office by giving a 30-day notice in writing to the appropriate executive committee, except in the case of resignation for the purpose of vying for an elective office which shall be effective within the period stipulated in the guideline issued for such elective office by the National Executive Committee of the party or the State Executive Committee in respect to local government elections.”
Responding to these developments, the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Debo Ologunagba, clarified in a statement that the NWC had not considered nor intended to relieve Anyanwu of his position. Ologunagba described the claim as the work of individuals attempting to cause disaffection and division within the party. He affirmed that Anyanwu remains the party’s national secretary and the governorship candidate for the Imo election.