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Secondus, S/West crisis: PDP Govs disagree

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During the week, the crisis rocking the crisis in the zone escalated with the setting up of parallel zonal reconciliation committees by the two factions.

There are strong indications that all may not be well among the governors of states controlled by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

A prevailing cold war within the PDP Governors’ Forum is attributed to the inability of the governors to agree on the fate of the National Chairman of the party, Uche Secondus, once his tenure expires in December.

Reliable sources also claimed that the ongoing intra-party crisis rocking the southwest zone of the party is another reason why the governors are allegedly at loggerheads.

Findings made by Noble Reporters Media indicated that while some governors are appealing to party leaders to consider allowing Secondus to get another term of four years in office, some others have made it clear that they would prefer that someone else takes over the leadership of the opposition party ahead of the 2023 general elections.

Reliable party sources claimed that the division created by the second term ambition of the national chairman is festering by the day.

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A source at the national secretariat of the PDP said: “Secondus is not hiding his desire to secure a second term come December. And he enjoys the support of some prominent members of the party, especially within the camp of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, whose desire to seek the presidential ticket of the party is also an open secret.

“Some governors of the party, particularly those loyal to Atiku, are also working for the national chairman to retain his seat.

“But a number of PDP governors and chieftains are also determined to see the back of Secondus once his tenure ends in December.”

“Some sources have named Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State as one of those opposing the continued stay in office of the national chairman.

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“Also mentioned among those who may not want Secondus to continue in office are Governors Aminu Tambuwal, Ifeanyi Okowa and Ben Ayade of Sokoto, Delta and Cross Rivers states.

“And going by recent events within the party, the governors of Adamawa, Bauchi and Akwa Ibom appear to be working for Secondus to continue in office.

“It is not clear whether the national chairman will get the support of Governor Nyesom Wike of his native Rivers State.

“Wike, you will recall, was Secondus’ main supporter four years ago when he got his current mandate. It appears the duo differ over who should get the 2023 presidential ticket of the party, among other issues.”

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NoRM also gathered that the governors’ forum is currently torn apart by the crisis rocking the party in the Southwest.

According to reliable sources, Governor Makinde is angry that some of his colleagues are tacitly supporting moves by ex-governor Ayo Fayose to undermine his leadership of the zone.

He has also allegedly expressed concerns that the national leadership of the party is indulging Fayose and his group in the Southwest.

A source said: “The governors are also not on the same page on how best to resolve the crisis in the Suthwest. While Governor Makinde expected the national leadership and his fellow governors to be unequivocal in their condemnation of Fayose and his supporters over the crisis, some of the governors have been unflinching in their belief that the former Ekiti governor is an asset the party cannot wish away in the zone ahead of the 2023 general elections.

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“But some others have openly accused Fayose of acting the scripts of a former presidential candidate of the party who desires to clinch the ticket again in 2023.

“Others have even accused the former governor of plotting to emerge as a vice presidential candidate in 2023.

“Last week in Abuja, a PDP governor publicly warned Governor Makinde against pushing Fayose and his supporters out of the party.”

NoRM also gathered that the pro-Fayose group have been able to convince the Secondus-led National Working Committee (NWC) to refrain from supporting Makinde against Fayose in the raging crisis.

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Their argument, NoRM gathered, is that Fayose controls the larger chunk of the party members in the zone as against Makinde; an argument that may not be unconnected with the number of state chairmen in each of the warring factions.

Taking sides with Fayose, four out of the six state chapter chairmen in the zone have constantly accused Makinde of sidelining the party structures in the zone. They include Deji Doherty (Lagos), Clement Faboyede (Ondo), Dr. Sikirulai Ogundele (Ogun) and Elder Sunday Akanfe (Osun).

The Oyo State governor enjoys the support of only two state party chairmen.

Fayose also enjoys the backing of the recognised zonal caretaker committee members-Dayo Akintan, Mustapha Sikiru Banana, Martins Abiloye, Prince Nekan Olagbegi, Mrs. Funmi Ogun, Wahab Owokoniran and Mrs. Fadeyi Ayo Awolowo.

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Makinde’s group had earlier set up a committee headed by former Osun State governor, Olagunsoye Oyinlola, to reconcile aggrieved members of the PDP. Chief Saka Balogun, Chief (Mrs.) Kofoworola Bucknor-Akerele, Ambassador Omolade Oluwateru and Barr. Olayinka Kukoyi are members.

Dayo Ogungbenro, Acting National Vice-Chairman of the PDP, Southwest, issued a communiqué after the meeting.

The parallel panel instituted by Fayose’s faction is headed by Femi Babalola and has Chief Kolapo Ogunjobi, Ahmed Okandeji Mustapha, a lawyer, Chief Idowu Odeyemi and Chief Tunde Akindehin as members.


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[Nigeria] God ordain your victory – Secondus tells Matawalle.


The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Prince Uche Secondus has felicitated with the Zamfara state Governor Alhaji Bello Matawalle on his victory at the Supreme Court on Friday.

He urged him to be a good team leader. Prince Secondus reminded the governor and the party in the state that their victory came from God, adding that the governor and his team should appreciate that fact and work hard to make a lasting mark with the mandate.


Secondus in a statement by his Media Aide, Ike Abonyi also advised the governor to unite the people and move quickly to tackle the myriad of challenges facing the state most of which steamed from bad governance witnessed in the state in the past.

“God has designed this position for you for a purpose and you must do everything humanly possibly not to disappoint both the people and the almighty who sent you there.

“Identify critical stakeholders who can help you achieve your goals and refuse to be intimidated because you have a special mandate from God,” Secondus said.


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Update: We are in danger if Buhari did not resign – Secondus


The main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to resign for ‘failing to secure the nation’ and ‘putting her democracy under threat’.

Speaking after submitting protest letters to the embassies of the United Kingdom and the United States in Abuja, the PDP’s national chairman, Uche Secondus explained that there is an urgent need to seek international intervention to help improve security and the country’s judicial system.

He said the party is in full support of its Senate minority leader, Senator Eyinnaya Abaribe who asked President Buhari to resign his office for “failing to solve the security challenges in the country”, years after Nigerians voted the APC.

In line with Senator Abaribe’s thought, the PDP Chairman told newsmen on Friday that at the moment, “Mr President has lost control of security” adding that the nation is “in danger and we are in trouble”.

“Today we back our minority leader asking that Mr President should resign because he has lost control,” Secondus told newsmen in Abuja.


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Crisis in PDP as group tackles secondus

…Tension mounts in state chapters

… APC endangering national unity


Crisis is brewing in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as some leaders of the party are reportedly plotting an offensive against the National Chairman, Uche Secondus, and members of the National Working Committee (NWC) over alleged poor management of party affairs.

The source said the planned offensive is fuelled by the growing discontent over Secondus’ leadership style.

The NWC is accused of stoking the embers of discord in some state chapters and for not convening regular meetings of the National Executive Committee (NEC).


Daily Sun gathered that some aggrieved party leaders who are dissatisfied with Secondus have commenced moves to sack him as part of efforts to realign the party in readiness for the 2023 election.

“Party leaders are unhappy with Secondus and the NWC over the handling of the crisis in the House of Representatives caucus of the party, as well as the circumstances surrounding the lose of the last governorship election in Bayelsa State,” NobleReporters learnt


It was learnt that five state chapters including Lagos, Kano, Plateau, Ogun and Bayelsa are enmeshed in crisis.While Lagos, Kano, Plateau and Ogun chapters are torn apart by leadership crisis, Bayelsa PDP is polarised by the outcome of the last governorship poll.

Section 31(4) of the PDP constitution( as amended in 2017) stipulates that NEC, which is the second highest organ of the party, meets at least once in a quarter to take decisions on key issues,including matters affecting states and zonal organs of the party.


Investigation revealed that the last time the national chairman convened a NEC meeting was June 20, 2019. A source at the PDP national secretariat in Abuja told Daily Sun that “a cabal” has hijacked the daily operations of the party.

“We can’t be happy with him ( Secondus). He has not been handling the party well, especially the case of Lagos. If they have held NEC, people would have drawn their attention to this misgovernance. But they didn’t hold any NEC meeting. Some people just take decisions and give it to the national secretary, he signs it, and sends it out in the name of the NWC.


“The NWC has not been doing what it ought to do. In fact, it has been causing more confusion all over the place. There is hardly any state where the NWC has not caused one crisis or the other. Many people believe that the national chairman should go, the NWC should be disbanded. That is what many of our people think.”

A NEC member, who is also a former governorship aspirant in one of the southern states, said members of the Board of Trustees (BoT) came short of passing a vote of no confidence on Secondus and the NWC late last year.


He, however, said stakeholders had been managing the crisis so it doesn’t harm the party.

Another PDP NEC member told Daily Sun that some aggrieved leaders of the party, including governors, have concluded plans to move against Secondus in no distant time.


“We will demand for a new chairman. You know our national chairmanship slot should have gone to South West. We still believe it should go there. It is not late. People are not happy with the party leadership. We are just coming from an election. Wait and see what will happen. What I can assure you is that no person is bigger than the party,” he said.

Ike Abonyi, media aide to Mr. Secondus, declined comments, saying Kola Ologbondiyan was in the best position to speak on the issues affecting the NWC.


When contacted, the PDP spokesman told Daily Sun that the party does not respond to rumours. He noted that the NWC since its assumption of office has followed laid down format in carrying out its activities.

“The party does not respond rumours, innuendos and beer parlour gossips. The PDP is a structured political party with established organs, much more than any other political party in Nigeria. And as such it has an established format of carrying out its activities. And under leadership of Secondus these responsibilities have not been called to question. I am sure that NEC has been called as when due, “ Ologbondiyan said.


Meanwhile, PDP has accused the All Progressives Congress ( APC) of endangering national unity by allegedly pursuing exclusionist policies and failing to bring perpetrators of violence to book among others.

The PDP in a statement said efforts by well-meaning Nigerians and groups to ensure unity and harmonious co-existence were allegedly being destroyed by the APC and the present administration through alleged disregard for the federal character principle in appointments, projects and programmes.

The opposition party stated that President Muhammadu Buhari’s habitual body count and reference to the sordid experience of the unfortunate civil war, particularly to the youth, is rather fuelling disunity, as his administration is still perpetuating similar, if not worse injustices, inequality, corruption and impunity that lead to disunity.

“It is sad that Mr. President is always trying to face the nation backward instead of looking ahead to a glorious future. This is a sorry situation, which further confirms that the Buhari Presidency and the APC have nothing cheering to offer to the future of our nation.


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Wedding photos of uche secondus daughter.

…Dino melaye, Woke, okowa, ihedioha present

PDP National chairman, Uche Secondus, was in a celebratory mood on Saturday December 14th as his daughter Sharon, got married to her fiance, Binunudu Agwo, son of former boss of Rivers State Maintenance Agency, Samuel Agwo in Port Harcourt, Rivers state.

The exchange of vows took place at the Rivers State Ecumenical Centre, Port Harcourt, while the reception was at the Alfred Diete Spiff Civic Centre and Sports complex.

Guests at the wedding ceremony included former Delta state governor James Ibori, Dino Melaye, Delta state governor Ifeanyi Okowa, Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state, Governor Emeka Ihedioha of Imo state and many others.

Photos from the wedding of PDP National chairman, Uche Secondus? daughter

Photos from the wedding of PDP National chairman, Uche Secondus? daughter
Photos from the wedding of PDP National chairman, Uche Secondus? daughter
Photos from the wedding of PDP National chairman, Uche Secondus? daughter
Photos from the wedding of PDP National chairman, Uche Secondus? daughter
Photos from the wedding of PDP National chairman, Uche Secondus? daughter
Photos from the wedding of PDP National chairman, Uche Secondus? daughter
Photos from the wedding of PDP National chairman, Uche Secondus? daughter
Photos from the wedding of PDP National chairman, Uche Secondus? daughter
Photos from the wedding of PDP National chairman, Uche Secondus? daughter
Photos from the wedding of PDP National chairman, Uche Secondus? daughter
Photos from the wedding of PDP National chairman, Uche Secondus? daughter

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Secondus charges PDP, says the party is diversifying the economies of the states..

The national chairman of the People’s Democratic Party ( PDP) , Uche Secondus, on Wednesday, charged governors elected on the platform of the party to work assiduously towards diversifying the economies of their respective states.

Secondus, who stated this, in Abuja, at the opening of a two-day summit for PDP states, organised by the PDP Governors Forum with the theme “The Imperatives of Developing Internally Generated Revenue Options for State Governments in a Recessed Economy,” said the oil economy is not sustainable.
Consequently, the

PDP chairman urged the governors to cut down on wastse and diversify the economy of their states to be able to prepare for the future.

Secondus, who was represented by the PDP National Financial Secretary, Abdulahi Maibasira, noted that with the myriads of challenges confronting the country, states can no longer depend majorly on federal allocations.

He added that it is not enough for the states to improve their Internally Generated Revenue (IGR), they must be prudent in the management of their resources.

According to him, “the myriad of problems facing the country, like poor infrastructure, poverty and the likes, necessitate the need for more sources of fund. But increased IGR may not solve the problem. The best way to do this is to be prudent in the management of resources. There must be a cut down in waste to be able to prepare for tomorrow.”

Speaking at the event, the Director-General, PDP Governors’ Forum, Osaro Onaiwu said it is imperative for the governors of the opposition party to begin to prepare itself for an economy without oil.

Onaiwu noted that the summit was informed by the need to “prepare ourselves with creative ideas and solutions to improve IGR so that when enough is not coming from Abuja, the state governments would still be in a position to fulfill their obligations to the people.

He added that, “as the world begins to move away from petroleum products, it means we can no longer continue to depend on revenue from crude oil. This is because in the very near future Nigeria may not have buyers for her oil.

“This is why it has become critical for states to find creative ways to generate revenue internally. This is not to be mistaken for a call for more taxes, but rather, a call to begin to think out of the box in preparation for when Abuja cannot share as much as it does now.

“Whether money comes from Abuja or not, there will still be a need for the states to build infrastructure, pay worker, provide health care, improve education plus more.”

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