Former Acting Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Uche Secondus has emerged the winner of the chairmanship election of the party.
Secondus defeated all other contestants at the election which took place at the Eagles Square Abuja on Saturday.
He beat Tunde Adeniran, consensus candidate of the south-west zone, and Raymond Dokpesi.
Secondus garnered 2000 votes against Adeniran’s 230 and Dokpesi’s 66 votes.
After his victory, Secondus urged every member of the party to remain united.
He said, “It is the party first. We have no other reason to remain contestants without the PDP. Our interest is in the party and the desire to wrest power from the ruling All Progressives Congress. That should be our goal.
“None of us can do it alone. It is in our interest to come together and fight for Nigerians. All the contestants are capable of leading the party. I want to appeal to every member of the party to come together and be united. I’m appealing to all and sundry, we should all remain united and be committed.”
Dokpesi had said the list which was allegedly prepared by some governors was given to many delegates ahead of the convention.
“Since we started voting about three hours ago, every delegate that is available was provided with copies of what you have here. They call it ‘Unity List’ and all the names on the list are number one in all the cubicles for voting and this is supposed to be a list prepared by the governors,” Dokpesi said.
Adeniran, on his part stormed out of the venue while counting was still going on.
He urged the national leadership of the party to hand over the affairs of the party to its Board of Trustees.
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.
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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