Ex-Speaker of the House of Reps, Patricia Etteh has condemned the newly elected National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for acknowledging her in his victory speech.
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One-time Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Patricia Etteh has condemned the mentioning of her name by the new National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Prince Uche Secondus in his victory speech on Sunday.
The newly elected National Chairman of the PDP had recognized some past political office holders who were once members of the PDP in the opening of his speech.
Secondus said: “Your Excellencies,
“The former President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan GCFR.
“Your Excellency the former Vice Presidents Atiku Abubakar and Namadi Sambo
“Your Excellencies the former Senate Presidents, Anyim Pius Anyim and David Mark
“His Excellency the Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu
“Your Excellencies the former Speakers of the House of Representatives Dimeji Bankole and Patricia Etteh.”
Etteh who has now defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC) and currently serves as a Board of Trustee (BoT) member of the party took exception to this acknowledgement.
She posited that her name should not be mentioned in Secondus’ speech since she was not a member of the PDP any longer and she was not physically present at the said Convention.
To clarify her stance, she issued a statement, signed by her and disseminated to newsmen in Abuja.
The statement reads: “I, Rt. Hon. Patricia Olubunmi Etteh, hereby issue a disclaimer with respect to the mention of my name in victory speech of the newly elected National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Prince Uche Secondus, as follows;
1. That I am unequivocally not a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP);
2. That I was not in attendance at PDP’s national convention of Saturday, December 9, 2017;
3. Owing from (1) and (2) above, I do not consent to the mention of my name in such a political gathering;
4. That I am a card-carrying member and member of the Board of Trustees (BOT), the Apex Committee of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
“Unfortunately, this can only happen in Nigeria, where people use other peoples’ name to shine and gain credence.
“I’m disappointed in the play of shenanigans in the political climate of Nigeria; why I, Rt. Hon. Patricia Olubunmi Etteh can be forgotten so soon, having achieved this much politically in the midst of men, being the first and still the only Female Speaker of the House of Representatives.
“Let me sound it loud and clear, that history cannot be changed, as I have paid my dues in the service of this nation, and I refuse to be celebrated after death, as against being celebrated while alive. If the right people fail to recognize my service to the nation, my God will fight for me.
“In conclusion, I hereby state that no party should take my humility and gender for granted, believing that I cannot move if I feel like. I am an ardent advocate for good governance, and if I deem it that the running of affairs of a certain political party is not in the best interest of the citizens of Nigeria, I will not hesitate to make my move. The intendment of this statement is not to please any political party or association, but to set the records straight.”