In what appeared a crack in their ranks, prominent leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) did not attend Thursday’s world press conference called by the PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar.
Not a single member of the party’s National Working Committee (NWC), including the PDP Acting National Chairman, Amb Umar Damagum attended the event.
Also, none of the party’s 13 serving governors or its members in the two chambers of the National Assembly showed up.
Explaining his absence at the event, the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Debo Ologunagba, said he was not around at the time of the event.
When our correspondent asked why other members of the NWC did not attend, Ologunagba who spoke on the telephone, said he was not in the position to speak for other members.
The PDP chairman, Damagum did not pick up our correspondent’s repeated telephone calls to his mobile line. He had yet to reply to an SMS sent to him at the time of filing this report.
Curiously, none of the NWC members showed up in their offices at the party’s national secretariat.
Among those who were expected at the event but who did not show up was the PDP vice presidential candidate, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa.
A few PDP chieftains who attended the conference included the suspended PDP national chairman, Dr Iyorchia Ayu, and a former chairman, Prince Uche Secondus.
Others were a former Foreign Affairs Minister, Chief Tom Ikimi; a former Aviation Minister, Osita Chidoka; a former Imo State Governor, Achike Udenwa; a former PDP National Secretary, Senator Ben Obi; and a former Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki who walked in at the close of the event.