Secondus emerges PDP Chair as Prof Adeniran walks out

Says contest a sham; accuses Wike, Fayose of manipulation

 Dokpesi, Ex-Minister also kick as ‘Unity List’ sparks protests 

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PDP 2017 Convention Unity List

                                                                                                                                                                                                         POSITION                                  NAME                                                STATE                      ZONE

NATIONAL CHAIRMAN                PRINCE UCHE SECONDUS               RIVERS              SOUTH-SOUTH

DEPUTY NAT. CHAIR. SOUTH     ELDER YEMI AKINWONMI              OGUN                SOUTH-WEST

DEP. NAT. CHAIRMAN NORTH    SEN. GAMAWA B. GARBA              BAUCHI              NORTH EAST

NATIONAL SECRETARY              SENATOR IBRAHIM TSAURI           KATSINA            NORTH-WEST

DEPUTY NAT. SECRETARY          DR. AGBO EMMANUEL                     BENUE              NORTH-CENTRAL

NATIONAL TREASURER              HON. ARIBISALA ADEWALE             EKITI                 SOUTH-WEST

DEP. NATIONAL TREASURER      ALH. WADA MASU                            KANO                 NORTH-WEST

FINANCIAL SECRETARY         ABDULLHAI HUSSEINI MAIBASARA   NIGER              NORTH-CENTRAL

DEP. FIN. SEC                             HON. IRONA ALPHONSUS GERALD      IMO                    SOUTH-EAST

NAT. ORG. SECRETARY           COL. AUSTIN AKOBUNDU (RTD)          ABIA                  SOUTH-EAST

DEP. NAT. ORG. SECRETARY    BARR. HASSAN YAKUBU             NASARAWA             NORTH-EAST

PUBLICITY SECRETARY            KOLA OLOGBONDIYAN                    KOGI                      NORTH-CENTRAL

DEP. NAT. PUB. SECRETARY      HON. DIRAN ODEYEMI                    OSUN                      SOUTH-WEST

NATIONAL LEGAL ADVISER      BAR. EMMANUEL ENOIDEM        AKWA IBOM          SOUTH-SOUTH

DEP. NAT. LEGAL ADVISER        BAR. AHMED BELLO LIMAN       SOKOTO                   NORTH-WEST

NATIONAL AUDITOR                   MAI ADAMU MUSTAFA                 YOBE                        NORTH-EAST

DEP. NAT. AUDITOR                   MISS DIVINE AMINA ARONG     CROSS  RIVER            SOUTH SOUTH

NATIONAL WOMEN LEADER    HAJ. MARIYA WAZIRI                  KEBBI                          NORTH-WEST

DEP. NAT. WOMEN LEADER    UMORU AUDREY HADIZAT          EDO                             SOUTH-SOUTH

NAT. YOUTH LEADER                RT. HON. UDEH OKOYE             ENUGU                           SOUTH-EAST

DEP. NAT. YOUTH LEADER      UMAR BABANGIDA MAINA     ADAMAWA                    NORTH-EAST

 

Prince Uche Secondus was coasting home to victory as the next national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) last night amidst signs of a fresh crisis in the once ruling party.

Secondus’ closest rival, Professor Tunde Adeniran stormed out of the Eagle Square, Abuja, venue of the PDP national election, alleging fraud.

He protested the emergence of a ‘unity list’ (which contained the names of favoured candidates for the 21 positions available for election yesterday)  , alleged compulsion of delegates to vote for those on the list,  alleged stuffing of ballot boxes and sudden change of ballot boxes midway into the election of candidates.

Adeniran, Education Minister during the Obasanjo presidency, said the affairs of the party should be handed over to the Board of Trustees (BoT) which should conduct a fresh election.

Media mogul and another chairmanship candidate, Dr. Raymond Dokpesi, also decried irregularities and malpractices during the proceedings.

Secondus, enjoying the massive backing of PDP governors, was number one on the ‘unity list’.

He took a wide lead once counting of the votes began last night.

Adeniran and Dokpesi were left to struggle for a few votes.

Worried by the development, Adeniran walked out of the convention venue.

According to poll trend monitored by our correspondent, the delegates overwhelmingly endorsed and voted for Secondus.

A former minister, who spoke in confidence with our correspondent, said:”The PDP governors and some of our respected elders did their homework and we all agreed to adopt the Unity List which is fair to all.

“We reached a consensus on Secondus and all those on the list as the next members of the National Working Committee.

“The election was a walkover for Secondus and 20 others whose victory will soon be announced.

“In fact, some of those who stepped down earlier also adopted the Unity List and mobilized their state delegates to vote along the list.”

Adeniran and some of his supporters walked out of the Eagle Square, Abuja at about 9.11pm in protest against the adoption of the Unity List and compelling of delegates to vote for those on the list.

The Director of Media of his Campaign Organization, Mr. Taiwo Akeju said   the process was highly compromised to achieve a predetermined end.

He accused Governors Nyesom Wike of Rivers State and his Ekiti State counterpart, Ayo Fayose of imposing Secondus on the party.

His words: ?”We reject the entire electoral process. The election has been grossly compromised to achieve a predetermined end. The illegal unity list was prepared by Governors Wike and Ayodele Fayose to foist on the entire delegates.

“Consequently, we submit that this election is a sham and the result therefore is unacceptable and rejected in its entirety.

“We consider this so-called election as a travesty of democracy and due ?process, which further entrenches the unwholesome culture of impunity that has done a great deal of damage to the party? in the past.”

“Our candidate, Prof. Adeniran and his supporters have just walked out of the convention because the election was a sham.

“The PDP governors came up with Unity List and they and their foot soldiers were forcing delegates to vote for those on the list.

“We were shocked to witness open stuffing of ballot boxes and replacement of boxes against our candidate. The election was not free and fair, it was a sad day for democracy in Nigeria.”

A former Minister of National Planning, Prof. Abubakar Olanrewaju Suleiman said he would not accept the result of election into the office of the National Publicity Secretary because the ballot box omitted one of his names, leaving delegates confused.

“I won’t accept the results, I have written the electoral committee and I will go to court,” he said.

Suleiman, in his petition entitled “Unlawful Exclusion of Prof. Abubakar Olanrewaju Suleiman and the Demand For Cancellation of Election into the office of National Publicity Secretary” said: “I am constrained to write to demand for cancelation of election into the office of National Publicity Secretary of our great Party in the on-going Elective Party Convention on the ground of unlawful exclusion of my name as one of candidates contesting for the above mentioned post of Party.

“I am one of the candidates of the above mentioned post in the ongoing elective party convention having obtained application form, duly screened and my candidacy approved to stand for the election.

“I have also campaigned across the Nation seeking the support of the bonafide delegates to the convention.

“To my chagrin and utter constellation, I was informed that my name was conspicuously missing from the list of candidates vying for the post of National Publicity Secretary which lists were pasted in booths earmarked for voting into the office of National Publicity Secretary.

“My names are Prof Abubakar Olanrewaju Suleiman, with Suleiman as my surname, a name I have borne and by which I am known by all and sundry. Needless to say this is the name by which I am identify by my teeming supporters who where unlawfully disenfranchised. Suffice to mention that at no time did I hold myself out to bear other name without any other name but ABUBAKAR OLANREWAJU SULEIMAN, Olanrewaju merely being my middle name.

“I therefore pray that the august body would do right by me by cancelling the purported election of today…”

A former Political Editor of ThisDay, Mr. Kola Ologbodiyan was the favoured candidate for the national publicity secretary on the Unity List.

Ologbodiyan has the backing of former Senate President David Mark.

The PDP has been enmeshed in a serious leadership crisis since losing power in the 2015 presidential election.

It broke into two factions with Senator Ali Modu Sheriff leading one and Senator Ahmed Makarfi leading the other until the Supreme Court proclaimed the Makarfi faction as the legal one.

The Makarfi-led interim National  Committee was formally dissolved yesterday.

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