Former Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) secretary-general Wu Nai-jen (吳乃仁) is expected to return to the post on Monday, DPP headquarters said yesterday, adding that recently resigned deputy secretary-general Chen Chi-mai (陳其邁) had been asked to take over as chairman of the party’s Social Welfare Development Committee.
DPP Spokesman Cheng Wen-tsang (鄭文燦) said Wu was recommended by party chairperson Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) because of his ample experience and knowledge of DPP affairs both at the central and local level.
“Wu has been an important person in many difficult battles. We hope that he can use his expertise to continue to help the party,” Cheng said.
The position has been vacant since the end of December.
Cheng also said that Chen had been asked to become chairman of the committee, newly created by the party.
Cheng said Chen had asked to be dismissed because of health reasons.
“We hope to take advantage of Chen Chi-mai’s extensive knowledge and connections with various civic groups to help the development of the party,” he said.
In related news, Cheng yesterday rebutted suggestions that the party should conduct another opinion poll to settle the dispute over the nomination of Lee Chun-yee (李俊毅) as the party’s candidate for the Tainan County commissioner race.
Cheng said that the process had already been completed and that Lee would remain the party’s nominee. Without naming names, Cheng urged “all those were not nominated” to stand united behind the party and said the party would not consider holding another poll.
Former Presidential Office secretary-general Mark Chen (陳唐山), who came out ahead in the DPP’s opinion poll but lost the nomination, said yesterday he would be willing to stand down if the party agreed to conduct another opinion poll using the original three names and let the person with the highest support rate be the nominee.
He promised to drop out of the race if he lost.
“We respect the opinions of the senior party member and we sincerely welcome any dialogue,” Cheng said, adding that no second poll would be held.
Tsai refused to comment on the issue yesterday.