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Uche Secondus Will Not Seek Re-election As PDP Chairman – Raymond Dokpesi



Uche Secondus Will Not Seek Re-election As PDP Chairman - Raymond Dokpesi

Chief Raymon Dokpesi has revealed that Uche Secondus and members of National Working Committee will not seek re-election in October.

NEWS MAIL NG reports that Raymond Dokpesi who was in the stakeholders meeting held last week to resolve the crisis in PDP said a new party chairman who will lead the PDP to the 2023 general election will emerge. 

There has been controver­sy over the fate of Secondus following the unsuccessful coup spearheaded by his erstwhile benefactor, Gover­nor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State, to remove him from office and install a Caretaker Committee.

“Zoning must be done fairly and justly so that a new chairman will emerge. The members of the National Working Committee on their own have voluntarily agreed that they were not going to contest.

“And in which case, there was nothing to dispute about as long as they have agreed to step aside from the next con­vention on their own volition.

“Since they are out, then we can get more credible people to come in and con­test. And with the re-zoning that will take place and so on, I think that PDP is really getting itself organised and ready for that 2023 election”, he said.

READ : PDP CRISIS : Uche Secondus To Go In October

Efforts made to reach Ike Abonyi, Media Adviser to Sec­ondus, proved abortive.
When contacted, a mem­ber of the party’s Board of Trustees (BoT), who asked not to be named said while it is true that Dokpesi attended the meeting, his statement that Secondus had agreed not to seek reelection was completely false.

He said Dokpesi is a close friend of Wike and both men are united in the unsuccess­ful plot to oust Secondus from office before his tenure ends.

“Yes, it is true that Dr. Dok­pesi attended the meeting. He sat not too far from me. But where did he get his own in­formation that Secondus has agreed not to seek reelection. Maybe you should ask him if Secondus personally told him that because the chair­man never agreed to that at the meeting.

“Let me give you the true picture of what transpired at the meeting. There was a rec­ommendation by the Gover­nors’ Forum to ban members of the current NWC from con­testing in the convention but the motion was killed at the meeting because many people agreed that it was unconstitu­tional to do so.

“Tanimu Turaki, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria and for­mer presidential aspirant who was at the meeting quoted co­piously from the constitution especially section 47 (1) of the PDP constitution 2017 (as amended) which gives NWC members the right to occupy offices for a maximum of two terms of four years each.

“He also told those present that if they go ahead and ban Secondus and others from contesting, the party may enter into another round of litigation which may cause a crisis that is even bigger than the current one.

“So, the idea was dropped at the meeting and that was why the issue of whether Sec­ondus will seek reelection or not was not part of what was in the communiqué read by Governor Aminu Tambuw­al of Sokoto State who is the Chairman of the PDP Gover­nors’ Forum.

“So, we wonder where Dok­pesi got his own information but we are not surprised be­cause he is the man Friday of the Rivers governor who is the arrowhead of the Sec­ondus-must-go plot”.

Daily Independent also gathered from another credi­ble source that the convention scheduled for October may be shifted further.
According to him, the date was only fixed just to douse the tension in the party fol­lowing the attempt to sack Secondus from office.

He said the major task before the party now is the e-registration exercise which is ongoing in all 36 states of the federation and the FCT.

“The October date fixed for the convention is not likely. I think the date was just fixed to appease those agitating for Secondus removal. We are in mid-August and given the fact that the e-registration has just commenced, it is unlikely that the convention will hold in October. It may be shifted to late November or early De­cember”, he said.

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