There is a cold war between former President Goodluck Jonathan and Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State over Uche Secondus’ bid to become the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

While Jonathan wants any chairmanship aspirant other than Secondus to emerge victorious at the party’s national convention on December 9, Wike is rooting for Secondus’ emergence.

Wike is a key supporter of Secondus, a former acting Chairman of the PDP National Working Committee (NWC), who hails from the Ijaw-speaking part of Rivers State.


It was gathered that Jonathan’s move against Secondus was borne out of his cold war with Wike and another South-South governor, following his belief that the duo frustrated an initial plot by his key loyalists to return him as PDP’s Presidential candidate in 2019.

Credible party sources said there was a failed grand plan by Jonathan’s loyalists, especially former ministers and other key aides who served under him, to hijack the party’s structure and pave the way for him to return as its standard bearer.

Jonathan is said to be aligning with the PDP elements in the north against Secondus.

The former President reportedly held various meetings with PDP stakeholders in the north, which has significant number of the delegates for the convention, to extract commitment from them that they would not cast their votes for Secondus.

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Wike is said to be angry that instead of closing ranks with him and other South-South governors to ensure that his fellow Ijaw brother becomes the next chairman, the former President was busy working against Secondus.

He has condemned the action of Jonathan for mobilising northern delegates to vote against the candidacy of Secondus.

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