Sallah: Secondus Asks Muslims To Pray For Nigeria Over Leadership Failure

A file photo of National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Uche Secondus
A file photo of National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Uche Secondus

 

National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Uche Secondus, believes Nigeria needs to be rescued from failed leadership.

In his Sallah message released by his media office on Saturday, Secondus urged all muslims in the country to seek God’s face as a remedy.

Sallah marks the end of the 30-day Ramadan fasting period by Muslim faithfuls.

Islam is one of two major religions in Nigeria.

“Our refusal to allow the lessons of Ramadan influence our conduct is the reason we continue to suffer despite the lavish blessing from God to us as a nation,” Secondus said.

“The lessons of the last 30 days of fasting and prayer will be meaningless in our lives if the solemnness of the period does not influence our thoughts and actions in relating with one another.”

Secondus said the COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the failure of leadership in Nigeria.

He added that while leadership has always been a problem in Nigeria, “President Muhammadu Buhari and his ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, elevated the failure to an unprecedented level that only a fervent prayer to God can save the country,” a statement from his media office said.

Secondus Says His Detention Was Politically Motivated

SecondusThe Deputy National Chairman of the PDP, Uche Secondus, says his detention by the EFCC was politically motivated.

Mr Secondus said this on Thursday during a session with reporters in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

He lamented that the eight days he spent in the EFCC detention was a ploy by political opponents to humiliate leaders of the PDP.

Secondus also alleged that his fundamental human rights were violated, but was silent about what steps he would take next.

The former acting Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was arrested by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on February 14.

A source at the EFCC told Channels Television that Mr Secondus received luxury buses worth over 110 million Naira from a person being investigated by the anti-graft agency.

PDP Member Faults Emergence Of Sheriff As National Chairman

Bernard Mikko -PDPA member of the Peoples Democratic party (PDP), Bernard Mikko, has expressed worry over the process that produced Ali Modu Sheriff as the National Chairman of the party.

He claimed that the process is illegal.

Speaking to Channels Television on Sunrise Daily, the PDP member pointed out that there is a court order that prevents Prince Uche Secondus from parading himself as the acting National Chairman of the party, saying the circumstances behind the emergence of Sheriff as the Chairman is a complete contempt of court on the part of Secondus.

“There is a court order against Prince Secondus not to parade himself as acting National Chairman of the party and with that it means he cannot preside over the national caucus, NWC and even NEC,” he said.

Mr Mikko revealed that Ahmed Gulak went to the court to demand for the National Chairman from the North east, but it was not granted.

He went further to say that Gulak remains the Chairman of the party.

The PDP National Executive Committee (NEC) on Tuesday appointed Senator Ali Modu Sheriff as the party’s new National Chairman.

The decision was reached at the NEC held at the opposition party’s National Secretariat in Abuja.

PDP Salutes Bayelsa People’s Courage And Gallantry

PDPThe national leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has commended the people of Bayelsa for the successful conclusion of the governorship election in the state.

The Acting National Chairman of the party, Prince Uche Secondus, in a statement on Monday, saluted the people of the state for standing against intimidation, rigging and violence to ensure that their will, as a people, prevailed in Saturday’s supplementary election.

He said: “The steadfastness and resilience shown by the people, particularly in Southern Ijaw will go down in history as one of the many sacrifices made to defend democracy in the land”.

“By standing against intimidation and remaining resilient, the people have greatly contributed in deepening democracy in the country and by so doing ensuring that their own destiny is right in their own hands,” he said.

The party further stated that, “rising from what happened in Bayelsa State on Saturday, it is very clear that the APC-led Federal Government under the watch of President Muhammadu Buhari is not disposed to free, fair and credible electoral process in the country despite being a huge beneficiary of PDP’s electoral reform.

“Bayelsa is a core PDP state and one wonders how APC thought it could win in this gubernatorial election with its discredited candidate, knowing the strength and popularity of our great party in the state, in addition to the record of achievements of our candidate, Governor Seriake Dickson”.

The PDP also decried “the desperation of thugs and compromised security operatives openly engaged in violence resulting in the killing and maiming of innocent Bayelsans”.

“We hereby demand a comprehensive inquest into these killings and that all perpetrators be brought to book.”

The PDP also congratulated Governor Dickson for what it called his well-deserved victory and statesmanly handling of the situation in the face of provocations.

PDP NEC Adopts Ekweremadu Post-Election Committee’s Report

pdpThe National Executive Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has adopted the Senator Ike Ekweremadu post-election committee’s report and has fixed December for the party’s national convention.

Acting National Chairman of the PDP, Prince Uche Secondus, announced the adoption and the proposed date for the convention at the NEC meeting in Abuja.

According to him, the solution to the party’s problems lies in the adoption and implementation of the committee’s report.

It was the first National Executive Committee’s meeting of the PDP after the general elections.

In his welcome address, the Acting Chairman of the party noted that for the party to regain power in 2019, the post elections committee’s report must be adopted and implemented.

The Ekweremadu committee had recommended that the party’s presidential candidate be zoned to the North and also urged the party’s leadership to embark on massive biometric registration of members across the country.

While some leaders of the party believed that in addition to the recommendations, structural issues within the party should also be addressed before the 2019 elections, others expressed confidence that the party would clinch power from the Ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2019.

Governor Dickson Gets Party’s Certificate Of Return

dicksonBayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, is set for victory at the December 5 governorship elections.

The Acting National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Prince Uche Secondus, said this at the party’s secretariat in Abuja, during the presentation of Certificate of Return to the Governor.

According to him, Dickson has performed so well and would be re-elected by the people for greater development of the state.

Secondus was full of praises for the smooth conduct of the primaries, which he described as a “classic example” in the history of the PDP.

He said that by the outcome of the election, PDP had led the way as a disciplined party with internal democracy and Rule of Law.

“That marks us apart from the other party, whose primaries brought disgrace to not just the state, but the whole of the nation,” he said.

According to the Acting Chairman, since Bayelsa State was a traditional PDP State, Dickson is set for victory.

Mr Secondus praised Dickson for the development strides of his administration till date, adding that his remarkable efforts had transformed the state within a short period of time.

In response, Governor Dickson applauded the leadership of PDP for its maturity in ensuring the conduct of a peaceful primaries, with Governor Fayose doing an excellent job as the Chairman of the the party’s national electoral panel.

According to him, the All Progressives Congress (APC) stands no chance in Bayelsa State.

He said that the PDP was set to sweep the polls, giving the incredible strength of the party in the 105 wards, with all its elected officials holding strategic positions as councilors, LG Chairmen, 21 out of 23 elected State House of Assembly parliamentarians, five elected House of Representatives members, three senators and with him as a performing governor at the helm of affairs.

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 Mourns Borno Deputy Governor, Alhaji Zannah Mustapha

Zannah  MustaphaThe Acting National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Prince Uche Secondus, on behalf of the National Executive Committee (NEC) and the PDP family nationwide, condoles with the government and people of Borno state over the death of the Deputy Governor of the state, Zannah Mustapha.

PDP National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh, in a statement on Saturday, said the party was shocked by the sudden death of the deputy
governor.

The PDP commiserated with Borno State Governor, Alhaji Kashim Shettima, the Mustapha family, the people of Borno State and the All Progressives Congress (APC) family for the loss, while praying God to grant the departed eternal rest.

More APC Governors, Deputies Will Join PDP Soon – Secondus

pdp-apc-1The Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Prince Uche Secondus, has said that subsequent to the party’s latest nationwide consultations, some All Progressives Congress (APC) governors and their deputies would soon return to the PDP.

Secondus, who made the claim in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) on Sunday, said that towards the last days of campaigns, the APC would totally crumble, pointing that defection of Rivers State Deputy Governor, Tele Ikuru, to the PDP was a clear indication that President Goodluck Jonathan has the vision to take Nigeria to the next level.

He further stressed that Ikuru and other candidates’ exit from the APC in Rivers State was an indication that the State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi, was not providing any governance adding that the people had lost confidence in him.

The Deputy Governor of Rivers State, Tele Ikuru, declared his defection on Sunday, six days to the general elections.

In an address entitled “A Call On The Conscience Of The People of Rivers State”, the Deputy Governor said the address was delivered out of the fullness of his heart.

He said: “Ever since, as the true nature and motives of APC are unveiled, I have continued to twist and turn in extreme mental and emotional agony.

“The more I struggle to belong, the more the Rivers man in me rejects the APC.

“After carefully studying, interacting and analyzing the leadership of the party, I have come to the sad conclusion that the APC is a party of rebels, insurgents and anarchists, clothed in robes of pretence and deceit. APC is a party founded on deception and it thrives on unholy propaganda and falsehood.”

However, Mr Ikuru said his decision was centred on the fact that he would not want to be listed as part of a generation that would witch hunt and hound down the very first ever President from the region, apparently referring to the incumbent President seeking re-election in the presidential election that will hold on March 28.

PDP Explains Position On Card Readers For Polls

PDP- Card-ReadersThe Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Uche Secondus, has clarified the party’s position on the use of card readers during the forthcoming general elections.

According to him, the PDP is not against the use of the electronic device, provided they are tested and trusted before the election date.

He also maintained that the party’s confidence for victory in the forthcoming elections does not depend on the use of the card readers, expressing that it depends on the party structures across the country which, according to him, the opposition lacks.

Meanwhile, the PDP Presidential Campaign Organisation and some political Parties had rejected the use of card readers during the general elections, that had been shifted to March 28 and April 11.

In an interview with the media in Abuja on Wednesday, the Spokesman for the PDP Presidential Campaign Organisation, Mr Femi Fani-Kayode, said that the ruling party would resist moves to go ahead with the use of card readers during the elections.

At a separate news conference, representatives of some political parties also expressed their opposition to the use of card readers for the elections as they said it had not been tested and as such could not be trusted.

According to the group, the use of card readers is a ploy to disenfranchise citizens in the coming elections.

The representatives of 15 political parties threatened to boycott the elections and take legal action if the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) insisted on the use of card readers during the elections.

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Congress (APC) had also earlier opposed a suit challenging the decision by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on the use of the electronic Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) in the general elections.

The suit was filed by the Society for Advancement and Protection of Public Rights (SAPPR) and it came up for mention at the Federal High Court in Abuja, on Monday.

The INEC, through the National Director in charge of Information and Voter Education, Dr Chris Iyimoga, noted that the commission would conduct a field testing of the card readers, which would be deployed for the accreditation of voters in the forthcoming general elections to reduce electoral frauds.

The Commission, which said it had satisfactorily tested the card readers before the re-scheduling of the elections, had set aside March 7, to rigorously test the card readers technology in two states of each geo-political zone, to ensure its mastery before the elections.