-Uche Secondus Elected PDP’s National Chairman Amidst Protests –
Prince Uche Secondus has been elected as the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). According to the twitter handle of the party (@OfficialPDPNig), “He won other contestants with a total of 2,000 votes. Prince Secondus and the newly elected officials have been sworn in at the Eagle Square, venue of the PDP National Convention”.
The result was announced at about 3.30am today while the swearing in ceremony took place shortly after.
Professor Tunde Adeniran, former Education Minister, garnered 230 votes to emerge second, while Raymond Dokpesi, media mogul, got 66 votes.
Professor Adeniran walked out of the convention before the result was announced. He expressed displeasure about a “unity list” at the convention, which reportedly contained a list of candidates compiled by some Governors in the party. Prince Uche Secondus’s name was in that list as the party’s Chairman.
Professor Adeniran claims that the list was used to rig the election. Taiwo Akeju, Spokesman of Professor Adeniran’s Campaign Organisation told newsmen at the convention that the organisation is calling for an outright cancellation of the election. Raymond Dokpesi has equally rejected the result of that election.
Meanwhile, Prince Uche Secondus has started his tenure as leader of the largest opposition party in Nigeria by vowing that he would lead the party back to power in 2019. He stated this in his acceptance speech, delivered shortly after he was sworn in as Chairman.
He said: “Let me assure you great members and leaders of our party, that by the grace of God and with all hands on deck, the brief tenancy of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Aso Rock Villa expires on May 28, 2019.”
“By this, we serve them a quit notice…. APC is not a political party, but a body hurriedly assembled to seize power without a clear-cut plan for governance.”
Prince Secondus is a former deputy national chairman of the PDP.
Before the election, nine candidates were in the race for the position of the party’s national Chairman. Six of the candidates from the South West withdrew from the race on Friday, leaving Professor Adeniran as the sole candidate from that region. Uche Secondus and Raymond Dokpesi are from the South South.
- Cornelius Ellah
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