As the speculation over the fate Mike Oghiadiomhe,President Goodluck Jonathan’s chief of staff rages, the ruling Peoples Democratic Party ,PDP has weighed in ,declaring support for the incumbent COS.Reports of late indicate that President Jonathan has pencilled down Chief Raymond Dokpesi of Daar Communications as successor to Oghiadiomhe. Incidentally,both “contestants” are from Edo State in the South South.
But it appears the incumbent COS and his supporters are fighting to keep his job.And a statement from the PDP today may boost his standing, if Jonathan has not made up his mind yet.
The National Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Monday dismissed as “inconsequential and of no effect” the passage of vote of no confidence on the Chief of Staff to The President, Chief Mike Oghiadiomhe by some aggrieved persons from Edo North Senatorial Zone.
PDP leadership in a statement signed by the National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh urged Nigerians to disregard the said vote of no confidence even as it warned that it will no longer tolerate indiscriminate and wanton pronouncements by party members and organs
against persons legitimately holding sensitive positions in the party and the PDP-led administration.
“The national leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) hereby declares as inconsequential and of no effect, the passage of vote of no confidence on the Chief of Staff to The President, Chief Mike Oghiadiomhe by some aggrieved persons from Edo North Senatorial Zone.
“Also we have taken serious note of various sponsored malicious news stories and articles targeted at ridiculing the office and person of the Chief of Staff to The President and other leaders of our party.
“We wish to state categorically that we are highly pleased with the contributions of Chief Mike Oghiadiomhe to national development and the growth and stability of our party.
“Chief Mike Oghiadiomhe is a very committed, loyal and dedicated leader of our party who has continued to selflessly and meritoriously serve at very high levels with outstanding performance records as a two-time deputy governor of Edo state, former Chief of Staff to the Vice President and currently the Chief of Staff the President of our great country.
“The NWC therefore seriously frowns at any attempt by any person or group of persons to in any way ridicule the person and office of the Chief of Staff to the President under any guise. In the same vein, the leadership of the party will no longer tolerate indiscriminate and
wanton pronouncements by party members and organs against persons legitimately holding sensitive positions in the party and the PDP-led administration.
“All loyal and well-meaning members of the PDP who have any grievance should air such through the internal channels of communication provided in the party instead of engaging in misguided public pronouncements and mudslinging in the media”, the statement said.