Uche Secondus Out As Yemi Akinwonmi Takes Over In PDP - DE-REPORTORIAL

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Thursday, August 26, 2021

Uche Secondus Out As Yemi Akinwonmi Takes Over In PDP


The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has finally settled for Yemi Akinwonmi to man the position of National Chairman in place of the embattled Uche Secondus ousted by a court order.


Akinwonmi was the Deputy National Chairman (South) the same section of the party that Secondus comes from and which should post his replacement in line with the organisation’s constitution.

It lays to rest the rift that broke out owing to moves by the Deputy National Chairman (North), Suleman Nazif, to lead a faction of some officers and take over the vacant seat.

Akinwonmi will run affairs until the National Convention slated for October.

He is expected to preside over another National Working Committee (NWC) meeting holding on Friday, in preparation for the National Executive Council Meeting, slated for Saturday, with the governors in attendance.

Kola Ologbondiyan, the PDP National Publicity Secretary, made the announcement on Thursday after the closed-door meeting of the National Working Committee (NWC) in Abuja.

Ologbondiyan said: “I can clearly say on behalf of our party that we have navigated the turbulence, and today, like you all witnessed, we came to establish that a motion was moved and elder Yemi Akinwonmi was unanimously approved as the Acting Chairman of our great party.

“It is interesting for you and Nigerians to know that this is in line with the provision of our constitution.

“We will hold another NWC meeting tomorrow preparatory to holding our National Executive Council Meeting, which will hold on Saturday.”

Akinwonmi had, on Tuesday, stepped in as the Acting Chairman of the party, following a court order barring Uche Secondus from parading himself as the PDP National Chairman.

Okogbule Gbasam, the presiding Judge issued the order, saying: “That an order of interim injunction is granted restraining the first defendant from parading himself as a member of the second defendant or National Chairman of the defendant or performing the functions of National Chairman of the second defendant or any committee of the second defendants at ward, local government or state level or calling for any ward, local government or state congress of the second defendant or setting up committees for such congresses or participating in any activity of the second defendant whatsoever, whilst on suspension as a member of the second defendant pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice for interlocutory injunction.”

The development comes amid calls for Secondus to throw in his resignation.

Meanwhile, the party has fixed its National Convention for October, two months before its earlier scheduled date of December, when the tenure of Secondus and the entire NWC should have lapsed originally.

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