Aggrieved workers of the Peoples Democratic Party have vowed not to tender an apology as demanded by members of the National Working Committee of the party before they can begin to discuss how to end the ongoing face-off between them.
It was gathered that the members of the NWC, at their weekly meeting on Wednesday, reportedly directed the angry workers to write individual letters of apology and show remorse for their action before they could be listened to by the NWC.
One of the workers, who spoke to journalists on condition of anonymity said, “We have been directed to write letters of apology and copy The Chairman, Board of Trustees, National Executive Committee, and Chairman PDP Governors’ Forum before they could listen to us.
“The NWC members said they were sad that we have caused the party a lot of embarrassments. They complained that we ought to have channelled 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.”
It was learnt that the NWC took the decision after its meeting with management staff of the party, which was held at the Legacy House, Maitama, Abuja.
Since the crisis started, the NWC members have been avoiding the party’s national secretariat located at Zone 5, Abuja.
Representatives of the workers who were at the meeting with the NWC members took their report to their colleagues at an emergency meeting held inside the NEC hall at the party’s secretariat.
At the meeting, which lasted about 30 minutes, the workers said there was no need to apologise.
A source at the meeting stated that “Director of Administration, Bawa Gurama, counseled that we should sheathe our sword and comply with the NWC directives and await further action from the NWC.”
Further check revealed that though the angry workers said that yes, they could be blamed for the crisis, they nevertheless unanimously said “they stand by the reply to the memo issued by the National Secretary, Prof. Wale Oladipo to them.”
The source said, “We are not to be blamed for making the issue a public discourse; it was the memo which the NWC leaked to the public through the National Secretary that led to our reaction.
“We will not apologise, because we are not to be blamed for how it became a public issue. Therefore, we stand by the content of the reply to the National Secretary.”