The hottest news out of Eagle Square in Abuja where Nigeria’s main opposition party, the PDP, is holding its party convention is that former Acting Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus has clinched the party’s top seat.
Before that announcement came however, another aspirant, former Minister of Education, Prof. Tunde Adeniran, stormed out of the convention in a fit of rage.
This is why:
Adeniran had become the consensus candidate for the South-western geo-political region on the night following the decision by four other aspirants from the region to step down to endorse him so as to pull together to counter the machinations of other powerful party influences backing Secondus.
Adeniran later called for the cancellation of the process through a statement by his publicity director, Taiwo Keju, stating that he did not support the use of a “unity list” which had the names of some candidates and their positions, for the convention.
The said list which was positioned in voting booths and handed out to delegates had Uche Secondus, eventual winner, written as head of the party.
He also lashed out at governors Nyesom Wike of Rivers State and Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State for hijacking the process.
“We reject the entire electoral process of December 9, 2017. The election has been grossly compromised to achieve a predetermined end in line with the illegal unity list prepared by Governor Wike and Ayodele Fayose and foisted on the entire delegates,” he said.
“Consequently, we submit that this election is a sham and the result therefrom 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.
“Our position is also that this election should be cancelled and the entire leadership of the party should be handed over to the Board of Trustees which we regard as the conscience of the party, to organise a credible election for the party in due course.”