PDP Governors Reject Secondus, Appoint Adewale As Chairman

pdpGovernors of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have asked Chief Uche Secondus to step aside as acting National Chairman of the party.

The have also directed Professor Oladipo Adewale, who has been the party’s National Secretary to assume office as National Chairman.

Chairman of the PDP Governors Forum, Governor Olusegun Mimiko, said that the governors condemn the action of Mr Ahmed Gulak, for invading the party’s secretariat in Abuja.

Governor Mimiko noted that the appropriate organ of the party would soon commence the process of electing a new National Chairman from the northeast in compliance with the December court judgement.

Mr Gulak and his supporters including Dr. Doyin Okupe, stormed the National Secretariat of the party in Abuja on Wednesday where he told a news conference that he was assuming office as the National Chairman of the party.

He claimed that he had a court judgement in his favour.

PDP Controls Bayelsa Politics’ Grassroots, Says Former President Jonathan

pdp-jonathanThe former President of Nigeria, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, has advised Bayelsa indigenes not to be bothered regarding the forthcoming governorship election in the state, as the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is poised to win the elections.

Dr. Jonathan gave the advice in Bayelsa during an interactive session organised by the PDP in the state.

According to him, ‘politics is grassroots business and PDP controls the grassroots’.

The meeting, which was held alongside a Unity Dinner, sought to reassure members of the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party that the Bayelsa State Chapter of the party was intact and set to have a landslide victory in the upcoming polls.

His Royal Highness A. J. Turner, the Obibomikimiki of Opume Kingdom and Chief T.K. Okorotie were also at the meeting which was the first public appearance of the former President since he left office in May.

Dr. Jonathan, who describes himself as an ordinary citizen, informed Bayelsans that he was backing the candidature of Governor Seriake Dickson who intend to contest for a second term in office.

The former President told the national officers of the party that the PDP was still the dominant party in the state.

Having heard from the owners of the land and interacted with ordinary Bayelsans, Chief Tony Anenih, who is a former Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the PDP, advised the state PDP to close ranks and be prepared to receive back into their fold, members who had erred.

The former President remained confident of victory despite some defections that the PDP had recorded after it lost power in the centre to the All Progressives Congress in the presidential  election of March 28.

The Acting National Chairman of the PDP, Prince Uche Secondus, said the few cases of defections were normal experience in the party, but claimed they had happened because some of the party’s members were not used to being in the opposition.

He, however, encouraged members of the party to remain committed to supporting the party, expressing optimism that the party would recover power in the centre in 2019.

PDP Seeks Review Of INEC And DSS Heads’ Appointments

pdpThe Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has called for the review of the appointments of the acting Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC) Mrs Amina Zakari, and that of the Director General of the Department of State Services, Mr Lawal Daura.

The acting National Chairman of the PDP, Mr Uche Secondus, told Journalists at a press conference on Wednesday that the party was uncomfortable with the treatment of its members in the hands of the DSS in Rivers and Akwa Ibom States where elections results are being contested in the tribunals.

Aside from the DSS boss, the PDP also insist that the appointment of Mrs Amina Zakari as the acting Chairman of INEC should be reviewed by the Nigerian President, Muhamadu Buhari, ahead of the elections in Kogi and Bayelsa States.

Meanwhile, the electoral commission has assured Nigerians that the scheduled governorship elections holding in Kogi and Bayelsa states would be free and fair.