Mass Protest As New PDP Chairman Finally Emerges, South-West Delegates Stage A Walk Out, Allege Rigging

By Post Nigeria December 10, 2017 04:56

Mass Protest As New PDP Chairman Finally Emerges, South-West Delegates Stage A Walk Out, Allege Rigging

It was dramatic, as a former Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Prince Uche Secondus, in the early hours of Sunday, emerged as the new Chairman of the party.

Secondus defeated all the aspirants who contested for the coveted position with him in the election, which was held at the Eagle Square, Abuja, on Saturday.

Secondus received the strong backing of the eleven (11) Governors elected on the platform of the party, as they stood in solidarity with him throughout the exercise.

Those who contested against him but lost were: Dr. Raymond Dokpesi, Prof. Tunde Adeniran and Prof. Taoheed Adedoja.

Other contestants apart from Chief Olabode George, announced their withdrawal from the race shortly before the commencement of the exercise.

Others from the South-West included: Senator Rashidi Ladoja, Chief Gbenga Daniel, Mr. Jimi Agbaje, and Aderemi Olusegun.

All the aspirants except Ladoja, Dokpesi, and Secondus, eventually contested the election.

Adeniran, a former Minister of Education, has called on the national leadership of the party to hand over the affairs of the party to its Board of Trustees, BoT.

Adeniran stated this after he walked out of the Eagle Square in company of his supporters, to protest the outcome of the National Convention.

The Director of Media and Publicity of the Adeniran Campaign Organisation, Taiwo Akeju, who spoke on behalf of the former Minister, rejected the entire electoral process.

He urged the Senator Ahmed Makarfi-led National Caretaker Committee, to hand over the party to the BoT, in order to conduct “a credible election”.

Akeju said: “We reject the entire electoral process of December 9, 2017. The election was grossly compromised to achieve a predetermined end in line with the illegal ‘Unity List’ prepared by Governors Nyesom Wike and Ayodele Fayose, and foisted on the entire delegates.

“Consequently, we submit that this election is a sham, and its result is unacceptable. We reject it in its entirety.

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

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