A report has suggested that governors of the Peoples Democratic Party including Ayo Fayose (Ekiti) and Nyesom Wike (Rivers) are rooting for Uche Secondus to emerge the party’s national chairman. The governors’ plan reportedly unfolded at a meeting of the party. Secondus was once the party’s national deputy chairman for South-South and, at a time, its interim national chairman.
However, former PDP governors, members of the national caucus, ex-ministers and members of the Board of Trustees reportedly opposed the governors on their move to install their preferred candidate.
According to the Nation, the governors themselves believed those opposed to them are clandestinely backing Professor Tunde Adeniran, a former education minister, for the position. The report quoted a source at the meeting as saying that “the governors were unhappy that the body language of the elders was tilting towards a consensus for Prof. Tunde Adeniran from the South-West.
“They warned the leaders against ‘working to the answer’, as the case in the past. They also vowed to resist any plot to impose a candidate.”
Fayose, the source allegedly said, told everyone at the meeting that the “governors have the right to support a candidate as party members/ leaders but all candidates should go for the election and the delegates will vote.”
Moreover, a BoT member was said to have summed his fear about the governors’ game plan.
“Our fears border on the fact that we may have a highly monetised national convention. These governors have London-Paris Club refund to throw at delegates to impose a candidate on PDP. We simply advise them to allow a free process instead of being parties to the contest.
“We also have the choice either to remain in the party or quit if they have their way. The governors are not after a free and fair process, they want to hijack the party ahead of 2019 presidential race,” said the unnamed party trustee.
Having emerged from a protracted leadership crisis, culminating in the sack of the PDP former national chairman, Ali Modu Sheriff, the party may slip into another if the outcomes of the convention is unacceptable to most of the party leaders and members.