Uche Secondus, has emerged as the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party ( PDP) the major opposition party in Nigeria after he defeated three other aspirants with over 2000 votes.
Secondus beat Tunde Adeniran, consensus candidate of the south-west zone, and Raymond Dokpesi, another aspirant.
With 66 votes, Dokpesi came a distant third, while Adeniran secured 230 votes, placing second. The winner garnered 2,000 votes.
His victory triggered negative reaction following the inclusion of his name on a list which was allegedly used to rig the exercise.
Dokpesi had said the list which was allegedly prepared by some governors was given to many delegates ahead of the convention.
He said the 21 names of candidates contained in the list appeared on the ballot papers as number one and in the voting booth as number one.
“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 had said.
On his part, Adeniran stormed out of the venue of the convention while counting of votes was underway.
He called for a cancellation of the exercise.
It is not just Dokpesi and Adeniran who are aggrieved over the situation, many others complained, with a delegate who spoke next to Dokpesi at a press conference late Saturday, calling for the “burial” of the PDP.
“Let’s just call for a casket and bury the party,” he had said in anger.
Secondus was once the party’s organising secretary, deputy national chairman, and its two-term chairman in Rivers state.
Nyesom Wike, governor of Rivers state and Ayo Fayose, his Ekiti counterpart, played major roles in the emergence of Secondus.