PDP Chairmanship: Choosing Between Uche Secondus and Bode George
With a few days to the national convention of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Abuja, the leadership of the party still appears to be divided over its preferred candidate.
Locked in the supremacy battle are two groups comprising the governors of the party, on one side, and the elders of the party, in another camp.
While the governors, according to sources, prefer former Deputy National Chairman of the party, Uche Secondus, the elders, made up of mostly PDP founding fathers are said to prefer an older person - Bode George.
Also chosen by the self acclaimed wise is former Minister of Education, Prof. Tunde Adeniran.
It was gathered from party sources that the reason the governors prefer Secondus is because he is seen as someone they can relate and work with having being the party’s Acting National Chairman in 2015.
He appears to be the only keen candidate from the South-South while there are about 7 others in the South-West seeking to lead Nigeria's main opposition party.
The South-East is already basking in the euphoria of presenting the next Vice President while the North holds on to the presidential ticket.
The alleged arrowheads of the Secondus Project are Governors Nyesom Wike of Rivers State and his Ekiti State counterpart, Ayodele Fayose.
Already, other aspirants are crying foul over the undue advantage Secondus has been enjoying in the build-up to the convention in December 9.
The aggrieved aspirants have accused the National Caretaker Committee of lopsidedness in the constitution of the committee that will supervise the party’s congresses.
George has even asked the Chairman of the committee, Ahmed Makarfi to stepdown from the position.
While some aspirants are complaining that he is being favoured, Secondus has been busy reaching out to other members of the party.
He said on Wednesday when he came to submit his nomination form, that the position is open to the "17 southern states of the federation, while the presidency is zoned to 19 northern states.
"Let’s not dwell in misinterpretation; the aspirants know this unless they want to be mischievous.”
He said during the botched national convention last year, when the chairmanship was microzoned to the South-West, he did not bother to contest.
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