Uche Secondus Elected As PDP National Chairman

Uche Secondus being sworn in as PDP’s National Chairman

A former acting Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Uche Secondus, has emerged as the party’s National Chairman, ending its long and troubled quest to elect leaders after it suffered defeat in the 2015 Presidential election.

Mr Secondus defeated a former Minister of Education, Professor Tunde Adeniran, Founder of Daar Communications, Raymond Dokpesi, as well as a Former Minister of Sports and Special Duties, Taoheed Adedoja, in a controversial election at its national convention which commenced on Saturday at the Eagles Square in Abuja.

The results of the elections, announced by the immediate past Governor of Benue State and Chairman of the electoral committee, Mr Gabriel Suswam, showed that Secondus polled 2,000 votes, compared to the 231 votes secured by Professor Adeniran and the 66 votes that went to Dokpesi in the election.

Shortly after he was declared the winner of the election, around 3:30 am on Sunday, Mr Secondus was sworn in.

Twenty other elected officials were sworn in right after that, ensuring that there was no vacuum in the party’s leadership as the Senator Ahmed Makarfi-led Caretaker Committee was dissolved ahead of the elections.

The election has, however, been condemned by both of his challengers as fraudulent with Professor Adeniran calling for its cancellation.

It wasn’t long after voting commenced that the process turned controversial. A ‘Unity List’ allegedly compiled by governors and which was circulated to some delegates led to discontent and allegations of fraud.

The list contained the names of purported ‘unity candidates’ identified for delegates to vote, a development which Adeniran and Dokpesi said amounted to rigging.

Although Adeniran walked out of the convention in protest, the process continued.

All of the candidates that were declared victorious in the election and subsequently sworn in were on the ‘Unity List’.

See the winners as declared by Suswam below:

1. National Chairman – Uche Secondus (Rivers, South-South).

2. Deputy National Chairman, South – Yemi Akinwonmi (Ogun, South West); unopposed.

3. Deputy National Chairman, North – Senator Gamawa Babawo Garba (Bauchi, North East); defeated six others.

4. National Secretary – Senator Umaru Ibrahim Tsauri (Katsina, North-West); defeated others

5. Deputy National Secretary – Emmanuel Agbo (Benue, North Central); defeated four others

6. National Organising Secretary – Austin Akobundu (Abia, South East); defeated two others

7. Deputy National Organising Secretary – Hassan Yakubu (Nasarawa, North Central); unopposed

8. National Publicity Secretary – Kola Ologbondiyan (Kogi, North Central); defeated four others

9. Deputy National Publicity Secretary – Diran Odeyemi (Osun, South West); defeated two others

10. National Financial Secretary – Abdullahi Husseini Maibasara (Niger, North Central)

11. Deputy National Financial Secretary – Irona Alphonsus Gerald (Imo, South-East); defeated on contestant

12. National Treasurer – Aribisala Adewale (Ekiti, South-West); unopposed

13. Deputy National Treasurer – Wada Masu (Kano, North West); defeated one contestant

14. Deputy National Auditor – Miss Amina Arong (Cross River, South-South); unopposed

15. National Auditor – Adamu Mustafa (Yobe, North East); unopposed

16. National Women Leader Mariya Waziri (Kebbi, North West); defeated one contestant.

17. Deputy National Women Leader – Umoru Hadizat (Edo, South-South); defeated three others.

18. National Youth Leader Udeh Okoye (Enugu State, South East); defeated three others.

19. Deputy National Youth Leader – Umar Babangida Maina (Adamawa, North East); defeated Yahaya Salisu

20. National Legal Adviser – Emmanuel Enoidem (Akwa Ibom, South-South); defeated two others.

21. Deputy National Legal Adviser – Ahmed Bello Liman (Sokoto, North West); Unopposed.

Nine candidates had been in the National Chairmanship race as of Friday evening, seven from the South West and two – Secondus and Dokpesi – from the South-South.

Six of the candidates from the South-West, however, pulled out of the race starting late on Friday with a former National Deputy Chairman of the party, Bode George.

Before the election commenced, Professor Adeniran became the sole candidate from the South West.


Adeniran Promises To Deliver PDP Presidency If Elected Chairman

Prof. Adeniran

A former Nigerian Ambassador to Germany, Prof Tunde Adeniran, has reiterated his commitment to ensuring a sound victory in the forthcoming Presidential election if elected National Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

He made this known while appearing on Channels Television’s Hard Copy on Friday, where he spoke on the corruption drive of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.

He said, “The anti-corruption thing to me, is largely a farce because of the framework of it, you have to deal with the institutions first, and then deal with some specific areas.

“I have no doubt in my mind that we are going to shed it. We have Senator Ahmed Makarfi, what he is doing; he is demonstrating a high degree of transparency. That is sending signals, not just to the members, also to the nation to show that this is a new PDP emerging.

“The type of corruption they were talking about at that time was quite appalling because when you look at quite a number of things, you will see people disregarding rules, regulations, sabotage and make sure that things do not go the way they should go.”

Although the PDP Chief admitted that his party was shocked following the recent corruption allegations against some of its members, he however was quick to say it was a deliberated ploy by the All Progressives Congress-led Federal Government to ‘witch-hunt’ the party.

He added, “As a party, we have been shocked. As an individual, I have been shocked by some of those things, but these are allegations. We have not seen someone who has been really convicted and say, ‘Look, this is as a result of due diligence, justice following the normal process.’

“As far as we are concerned, both personally and the party, we believe that corruption should be stamped out from the society, from this country. But then when you are doing it, you have to do it judiciously. You have to be equitable in what you are doing”.