PDP Boils As NWC Splits Over Secondus

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP was on Tuesday boiling after a stormy meeting of the National Working Committee, NWC put the national chairman, Prince Uche Secondus on the spot. The NWC was split over Secondus’ stewardship of the party and prospects of leading it to victory in 2023.

The NWC it was gathered was divided over what some members alleged as the party’s incapacity to take opportunity of the gaffes of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC on account of what they alleged as the poor leadership.

The issue of leadership apathy was compounded by the management of the party issues notably, crises in some Northern chapters of the party and the continued suspension of some members of the National Assembly.

Other issues alleging to financial misdemanour were raised at the meeting, but those issues were according to sources in the meeting overshadowed by what was alleged as the lethargy in the leadership of the party.

The PDP had suspended Ndudi Elumelu, Wole Oke, Lynda Ikpeazu, Anayo Edwin, Gideon Gwadi, Toby Okechukwu and Adekoya Abdul-Majid for allegedly backing the emergence of Femi Gbajabiamila as Speaker of the House of Representatives against the intentions of the party.

Whereas the PDP had nominated Kingsley Chinda for the position of minority leader and also proposed Chukwuka Onyema as Deputy Minority Leader, Yakubu Barde as Minority Whip and Muraina Ajibola as Deputy Minority Whip.

However, Speaker Gbajabiamila spurned the PDP’s nominees and endorsed the list led by Elumelu with Toby Okechukwu (Enugu) as Deputy Minority Leader, Gideon Gwani as Minority Whip and Adesegun Adekoya as Deputy Minority Whip.

At the NWC meeting on Tuesday, Secondus was, however, on the spot on lifting the suspension as the proposal seemed to put him between the devil and the deep blue sea.

Lifting the suspension is bound to raise issues with some governors who accused the National Assembly ‘rebels’ of having betrayed the party during the election that brought Gbajabiamila.

Secondus has reportedly been at discord with Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State and it was feared that lifting the suspension would further put him in trouble with the governor.

The meeting which was supposed to last between 12 noon and 2.00 p.m. lasted at least two more hours as the NWC tried to mollify hot tempers as the PDP NWC was split over Secondus.

“It was a stormy meeting and at least two prominent national officers threatened to resign saying that they would not want to be dragged down with what is happening,” a source present at the meeting disclosed.

“Most of the issues we have especially in the North have to do with poor party management,” one official present at the meeting who did not want to be named said.

Jigawa and Kano States are two of the prominent states which have been riven with crises.

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