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The unceremonious ousting of Prince Uche Secondus from office as National Chairman of Peoples Democratic Party, has once again reminded one of the banana peel that comes with the office.

Since the formation of the party 1998, none of its national chairmen have bowed out ceremoniously.

When Prince Secondus was elected national chairman of the party on December 10, 2017, many expected that his time at the helm of the party will usher great things with many looking forward to December 2021 that he is expected to complete his four year tenure. But like his predecessors, he was ceremoniously kicked out following crisis that hits the party, which climaxed in his expulsion from the party by his ward in Andoni local government area of Rivers state and a Rivers state court order restraining him from performing the functions of the National chairman and from parading as the party’s henchman.

Secondus failed to understand that as a national chairman of a party like PDP, he is expected to be just, fair, matured, incorruptible and have ability to manage every interest appropriately. Furthermore, as chairman, he was expected to suppress his personal interest for that of the party to thrive and nonpartisan in managing the affairs of PDP.

When you factor these and juxtapose them with the events that dominated the tenures of Secondus and other former PDP Chairmen, you will understand the reason they were disgracefully removed.

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PDP National Chairmen And How They Fared

Solomon Lar: the protem national chairman, led the party to presidential success in 1999. Upon assumption in office, the President Olusegun Obasanjo, shoved him aside by forcing him not to seek a fresh term.

Barnabas Gemade, who emerged as national chairman and successor of Lar in 2001, had issues with the then President almost immediately after assuming power. The President became uncomfortable with him and suspected him of nursing presidential ambition in 2003 against him (Obasanjo). Gemade also had political issues with political stakeholders in his Benue state, including then Governor George Akume, Senator David Mark and others. As a result of these, he was eased out of the party and declared “retired” politically.

Audu Ogbeh: Gemade’s successor as national chairman, was heavily partisan as he was committed to playing the script of Vice President Atiku Abubakar. His pro-Atiku stance could not be tolerated by President Olusegun Obasanjo, who wanted to have firm control of the party. He ended up becoming a victim of Obasanjo/Atiku power play and was forced to sign an already prepared resignation letter by Obasanjo in a dramatic fashion.

Col Ahmadu Ali, who succeeded Ogbeh, was literally Obasanjo’s “lapdog”. He was used against internal opponents of the then President. He conducted a scandalous membership reregistration exercise to freeze out loyalists of Atiku Abubakar, which include Atiku Abubakar himself, Governor Boni Haruna of Adamawa state, Audu Ogbeh, his predecessor, and several others. This forced them to switch to Action Congress after failing unsuccessfully. The camp of President Umaru Yar’adua, Obasanjo’s successor, prevented him from seeking second term so as to get him kicked out and have full control of the party structure.

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Secondus And The Unceremonious Ousting Of PDP Chairmen

Vincent Ogbulafor, the successor of Ali was heavily partisan as well and loyal to Yar’adua’s political dynasty. He stood against elevation of vice president Goodluck Jonathan to be acting President when Yar’adua was in comatose. He was kicked after Jonathan took over as President following the demise of Yar’adua (by resurrecting some financial misdeeds during his ministerial reign).

Dr Ezekwesili Nwodo, who tookover from Ogbulafor was in power struggle with his Governor, Sullivan Chime of Enugu state. He was also accused of playing the script of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar penultimate to the 2011 National Convention (presidential primary election). He got kicked out on the eve of the Convention by the Jonathan’s camp.

Alhaji Bamanga Tukur was not the choice of the northeast stakeholders before his emergence but won anyway as the choice of President Jonathan. As Chairman, he power drunk, engaged in power struggle with Governors of the party, dissolved States Excecutives at will, and too heavily partisan towards Jonathan. To secure the support of Governors for 2015 election, President Jonathan bowed to the demand of Governors of the party to oust him. Tukur became a sacrificial lamb.

Alhaji Adamu Muazu, the famed “game changer” who succeeded Tukur, fell from the throne due to sabotage. He was accused of betraying the party to favor opposition All Progressive Congress in the 2015 election, and was forced to step aside.

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Secondus And The Unceremonious Ousting Of PDP Chairmen

Senator Ali Modu Sheriff: The former Borno state governor who became successor of Muazu came with his own plans. He became power drunk, sought to transmute into becoming Presidential candidate and highly selfish. His tenure as National chairman is one that members of the party will not easily forget.

Prince Uche Secondus, the now “former” chairman was partisan while in office, acted unfairly to certain stakeholders, notably Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo state, exhibited selfishness in Rivers state by seeking to install his cousin as next Governor of the state in 2023, allegedly sought and took bribes from every interests without meeting their demands, he allegedly cares about his financial hunger than party’s advancement, and was alleged to have perpetuated gross misappropriation of party funds among other infractions. His exit, in my own opinion, is a welcome development.

As the party prepares for October Convention to elect new national executives, it will be in the best interest of whoever will emerge as the National Chairman of the party to learn from the failings of his immediate predecessor and other predecessors and act appropriately so as to break the jinx of unceremonious exit of PDP national chairmen.

Tamunotonye ‘Tonyebarcanista’ Inioribo is a public affairs communicator and member of Peoples Democratic Party.

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Senate spokesman says 2023 elections is between APC, PDP

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The Chairman of the Senate Committee of Media and Public Affairs, Senator Ajibola Basiru, on Wednesday, ruled out any third political force, noting that the 2023 elections will be a contest between the ruling All Progressives Congress and the leading opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party.

The Senator representing Osun Central Senatorial District in the 9th National Assembly spoke on Channels Television’s ‘Politics Today’ current affairs programme monitored by The PUNCH.

Specifically, Basiru said the Rescue Nigeria Project unveiled on Tuesday by ex-Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Attahiru Jega; foremost Nigerian Professor of Political Economy, Pat Utomi, alongside several politicians, would fail.

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According to him, an “assemblage of failed politicians” cannot say they want to rescue Nigerians or give a third force to the country in 2023.

“The so-called Special Rescue Project is a special purpose vehicle which is bound to fail and it would fail definitely,” he stated.

Senate spokesman says 2023 elections is between APC, PDP

Continuing, Basiru said, “As far as I am concerned, you can mark today’s date, nothing serious would come out of the so-called effort that is put in place.”

“In this country, setting up political parties have become business and for some people, they set up political parties to have opportunities of speaking on national television, some opportunities to also relate with other politicians and get something or the other but they are not really serious politicians.

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“As far as I am concerned today, if electoral contest is anything to go about today, you can only mention political parties like APC, PDP, APGA –may be in a particular state, and some splinter parties.

“The truth is that the 2023 election is going to be about a choice between the APC, my political party and the party of President Muhammadu Buhari, and the PDP. The other people, the third force, there was a time some people even named their own political party, Mega Political Party, at the end of the day, Mega Political Party never had a councillor not to talk of a chairman.

“I want to say with all sense of responsibility that it is wrong to say that the APC should be thrown away. My party, the APC has brought quantum development in all aspects,” the Senator stated.

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“We are the best that has ever happened to the country since 1999 and we are going to continue to provide leadership to the country beyond 2023. I am very confident about that,” he stated.

But reacting on the television programme, Yunusa Tanko, a member of the National Consultative Front, which floated the Rescue Nigeria Project, lambasted the Senator for his “grandstanding”.

Tanko insisted that his group would provide better alternatives for Nigerians who are tired of the failure of the ruling APC.

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Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State has stated his position on the defection of former Aviation Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode to the All Progressives Congress, APC.

El-Rufai said only APC leaders who brought Fani-Kayode back into the party could explain why they allowed him.

He stated his position while responding to journalists who asked for his response on Fani-Kayode’s defection at the APC National Secretariat in Abuja on Tuesday.

According to El-Rufai: “I don’t comment on the decisions and actions of the leaders of the party. They have the job of running the party and they have to make the judgment on who to bring into the party.

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“And you know politics is a game of addition. So you want to add and add. And they have taken that decision. But I don’t comment on that because they are the ones running the party.

Only APC Leaders Know Why They Allowed Kayode Into APC – El-Rufai

“If I bring someone to Kaduna and you asked the Kaduna State Government to explain, I will explain. I don’t know how to run the party.

“I was deputy national Secretary for a short while and it was the only experience I had in party management. So I won’t comment on that.”

The former Aviation Minister had last week defected to the APC, after u ars of criticizing the ruling party.

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Fani-Kayode’s defection was made public when he was officially presented to President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

He was presented to the president by APC acting National Chairman, Mai Mala-Buni.

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If you are not sponsoring Boko Haram then expose sponsors – PDP dares Buhari

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The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has condemned the refusal of the Buhari Presidency to expose the names of sponsors Boko Haram and other terror groups in Nigeria.

The opposition said Buhari and the All Progressives Congress (APC) government are giving the impression of “official cover for terrorists and bandits pillaging the nation”.

In a statement on Tuesday, PDP spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan lambasted the government for saying it would not expose the identity of terror masterminds.

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) had revealed the names of six Nigerians funding Boko Haram in a list of more than 50 individuals and entities.

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“The decision of the APC-led government to cover the identities of sponsors of mindless mass killings, maiming, rapping, kidnapping of our compatriots as well as the endless violent marauding of our communities under the APC watch, validates our stand that such individuals have connections with the APC.

“This unpatriotic stance by the Buhari Presidency raises serious national anxieties of high-level complicity in the administration and further explains the reported compromising of our security system in the escalated killings and acts of terrorism in our country in the last six years under the APC.

If you are not sponsoring Boko Haram then expose sponsors – PDP dares Buhari

“Nigerians can see why the APC-led administration has failed to take decisive steps to tackle terrorism, why it prefers to negotiate with terrorists and even makes case for them, instead apprehending and prosecuting them, as witnessed in the beheading of rice farmers in Borno state.

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“The PDP had always alerted of a connection between the APC and terrorists ravaging various parts of our nation and how the APC, as a party, had always failed to forcefully condemn acts of terrorism in our country.

“Nigerians can recall how the APC vehemently defended and still habours the Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, a self-confessed terrorism apologist, despite national outcry and demand for his sack.”

The PDP added that the APC has failed to account for bandits, thugs and hoodlums imported from neighboring countries to unleash violence on Nigerians and muscle the 2019 elections.

The party said if the APC and its administration have nothing to cover, they should publish the names of terror backers “instead of this vexatious desperation to provide official cover for them”.

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