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PDP Chairmanship: George, Secondus Tear Governors, Stakeholders Apart

Uche Secondus to Buhari
Posted: Aug 2, 2016 at 4:34 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Rotimi Akinwumi


Abuja – Governors and stakeholders within the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the southern states are currently divided on whom to support for the chairmanship of the party zoned to the geopolitical zone by the party’s zoning committee.

The party leaders and stakeholders, it was learnt, have zeroed in on two candidates, Chief Olabode George and Prince Uche Secondus, for the position of National Chairman, which their zones of South-West and South-South are currently battling to clinch.

A dependable source within the party told this newspaper in confidence yesterday that the inability of the governors within the party in the southern part of the country to easily agree on which of the three zones in the south will produce the party chairman has been the major reason why the meeting expected to be called for the sharing of the offices, has not been held.

However, it was gathered that the meeting has eventually been slated for Thursday, August 4, and is to be held in Abuja.

As a means of achieving peace within the party, a competent source who is a northerner disclosed to our correspondent that leaders of the party from the zone have reached a gentleman agreement that loyalists of embattled former National Chairman of the party, Ali Modu-Sheriff, should be given the right of first refusal to the offices of National Secretary and Deputy National Chairman 2, both zoned to the northern part of the country by the zoning committee.

This it was said was one of the moves considered in appeasing the angry Modu-Sheriff who has held on to the jugular of the party, strangulating it through legal process since he was removed from office at the Port-Harcourt convention on May 21.

Already, Ibrahim Shekarau, former Kano State governor, is said to have been penciled for the position of National Secretary. He’s a known friend of Modu-Sheriff.

The zoning committee headed by Governor Dave Umahi had on July 26 revealed the zoning arrangement to be adopted in electing members of the National Working Committee (NWC) at the forthcoming national convention slated for 17th of this month.

In the report, the committee allocated 11 offices to the North while 10 offices were allocated to the south.

The positions zoned to Northern zones are Deputy National Chairman 2; National Secretary; National Financial Secretary; National Publicity Secretary; National Auditor; National Woman Leader; Deputy National Treasurer; Deputy National Organizing Secretary; Deputy National Youth Leader; Deputy National Legal Adviser and Deputy National Secretary.

The positions zoned to southern geopolitical zones by the committee are National Chairman; Deputy National Chairman 1; National Treasurer; National Legal Adviser; National Youth Leader; National Organising Secretary; Deputy National Publicity Secretary; Deputy National Woman Leader; Deputy National Auditor and Deputy National Financial Secretary.

However, the three zones in the north have met and amicably shared the offices among themselves.

In the sharing arrangement, states in the North Central are to share among themselves offices of Deputy National Secretary, National Publicity Secretary, National Financial Secretary and Deputy National Organising Secretary.

The North West zone states are to share offices of National Secretary, National Woman Leader, Deputy National Treasurer, and Deputy Legal Adviser.

The states in the North East were allotted offices of National Deputy Chairman 2, National Auditor and Deputy National Youth Leader.

According to a party leader who craved anonymity, Governor Nyesom Wike backed by his colleague in Cross River, Bayelsa and Akwa Ibom states have been pushing for the office of National Chairman to be zoned to the South-South and are already mobilising support for Prince Uche Secondus who acted as National Chairman for some months following the resignation of Adamu Mu’azu when the party lost the 2015 general elections.

It was gathered that the stakeholders from Rivers State have been making entreaties to other party leaders in the South East with a view to getting their support in titling the pendulum of chairmanship position to the South-South.

The source when reminded about Chief Raymond Dokpesi, owner of Daar Communications who has been traversing the country seeking endorsement to become the next party chairman, said though, the Edo born politician is entitled to his aspiration to any office, the power to elect belongs to the stakeholders.

According to PDP rules, the allocation of the biggest office must have ripple effects on the sharing of other offices, which in this case, is the National Chairman seat allocated to the south.

However, the party stakeholders in the South West are said to have settled for the candidature of Chief Bode George even as other candidates like former Ogun State Governor, Gbenga Daniel, Prof Tunde Adeniran and Jimi Agbaje are said to have also indicated interest in the job.