Prince Uche Secondus, outgoing National Chairman of the PDP who is embattled on several fronts would be hoping to stop the party he has led for years from going ahead with its convention.
This year’s National Convention of the former ruling party is planned for the end of October.
It would be holding in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory, if the leaders of the PDP overcome the stiff challenge that Uche Secondus is posing.
According to what we have pieced together, the stakes that are stacking up are indeed very high.
The PDP has put in a lot of resources to get where they want to be and across the country members are in high spirits.
Thus far, arrangements are in top gear on the part of the PDP to ensure a successful hosting of the event which would usher in new leadership in a few days time.
Halting the convention would however, be the icing on the cake that Secondus and his legal team are looking for.
Senator Walid Jubril, PDP BoT Chairman
Walid Jubril, Chairman PDP Board of Trustees said Wednesday on Channels Television while speaking on the forthcoming convention that the party is good to go.
“We are ready”, Jubril emphasized, “members are prepared” to participate in the convention.
“The party is the party and the party has a constitution”, Jubril stated while fielding questions, stressing that decisions which are equally binding have been taken.
He acknowledged that Secondus has been among party leaders in the past who have been in the forefront of efforts to restrain aggrieved members from going to court.
Jubril who wondered what Secondus is doing in court at this time observed that the situation is not such that he (Secondus) would die if he does not have his way.
Thursday, an appellate court in Port Harcourt would make a far reaching pronouncement.
On whose side would the pendulum of justice swing as the clock ticks? Will it be on the side of the PDP?
Will Secondus and his backers who are shaking the table right now be the ones to have the last laugh?
The Senator David Mark Committee set up to wade into the matter has been unable to get the suspended Chairman to withdraw the matter which is in court.
Secondus who is obviously bitter has similarly defied moves denying him of any role in the conduct of the national convention of the PDP.
“He is fighting to halt the forthcoming event and overturn a suspension that is hanging round his neck”, a source who does not want his name in print told the Port Harcourt Telegraph.
“There are pockets of interest here and there, but it appears the PDP family is united”, the source observed.
Governor Ifeanyichukwu Okowa
Governor Ifeanyichukwu Okowa Tuesday affirmed that nothing would stop the convention from happening.
He said while briefing journalists that the stage is set, saying party faithfuls are ready for the exercise.
Curiously, PDP’s most outspoken governor, Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has maintained stoic silence.
Governor Nyesom Wike
The last time he spoke in public at the Isaac Boro Park in Port Harcourt, he said the leaders of the party, including Governors elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, are standing together at this time.
Wike and his colleagues appear to be working silently behind the scene to mold their party together.
“The plan by stakeholders, the way I see it, is to prepare the party for an all – out – war against the APC”, a former Spokesman of the APC in Rivers State, Chief Ogbonna Nwuke remarked.
There are reports, although unconfirmed that the APC may have gotten involved in the matter on the side of the embattled PDP Chairman.
Thursday, the appellate court which is hearing the matter brought before it by Prince Uche Secondus would deliver its ruling.
It would, perhaps, be Secondus’ last fight; and his last opportunity as well to make what he considers a deafening political statement.
Already, the attention of the entire country, particularly the attention of the political class is turned in the direction of the PDP.
The PDP would be hoping that it would somehow shake off the challenge of its embittered chairman and go ahead at month’s end to establish new structures at the national and regional level.
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