Secondus emerges PDP chairman

Joanna Estrada
December 10, 2017

Two Chairmanship aspirants of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Chief Raymond Dokpesi and Prof.

Some of the contestants are not happy with the results and insist that a so-called "unity list" was in circulation asking delegates to vote for those whose names were in them.

They made their submissions just as delegates finished voting even before the votes were collated.

Dokpesi had initially protested the distribution of "Unity List " to the delegates by unknown people at Eagles Square, venue of the convention, on Saturday night.

Chairman of the Electoral Sub-Committee of the convention and former Governor of Benue, Gabriel Suswam, announced the results and said that the election for chairmanship position was keenly contested by four candidates.

"We reject it in its entirety". The election has been grossly compromised to achieve a predetermined end.

He called on the party leadership to urgently rectify the anomaly before it becomes another major challenge in the party, ahead of the 2019 general elections.

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7 Secondus was the second chairman of the Rivers State PDP.

Secondus who was acting chairman of the party from May 20, 2015 to February 16, 2016, emerged as PDP chairman at the early hours of Sunday at the PDP Elective National Convention. The pulling out of the trio, with the earlier unceremonious exit of Chief Bode George, meant that only Prof. Tunde Adeniran polled 230 votes, Raymond Dokpesi scored 66 votes while Taoheed Adedoja nil vote. However, by the time the announcements were made, the deals to push Secondus had been sealed and numerous northern delegates supportive of a South-West Chairman had given up on the region.

"Some PDP leaders are bent on sabotaging Dokpesi's chances but only delegates will determine the fate of aspirants at the convention ground".

The conspicuous absence of some party chieftains raised issues.

Kashamu has, however, declared his suspension illegal and of no effect.

Senator Gamawa Babawo Garba beat former Minister of Women Affairs, Hajia Maryam Inna Ciroma and Senator Saidu Kumo to emerge new Deputy National Chairman (North) which earns him a place in the National Working Committee (NWC).

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