Secondus Saved From Wike’s Coup By Northern Power Brokers
The crisis rocking the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), between the Wike and Secondus faction has taken the forefront of the affairs of the party.
Sources close to the PDP disclosed to the Daily Independent that the PDP governors from the northern part of Nigera led by Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State and Senator Walid Jibrin, the chairman of the party’s Board of Trustees (BoT) intervened and saved Uche Secondus from being removed as the national chairman.
The source said: “But for the intervention of Northern powerbrokers in the party who quickly mobilised last week Tuesday, maybe the PDP national chairman would have resigned by now. The motive of those behind the coup plot, led by Governor Nyesom Wike, was to create the impression that Secondus was incapable to lead again as governors defected and NWC members had also passed a vote of no confidence on his leadership.
Governor Aminu Tambuwal really lived up to his responsibility as chairman of the PDP Governors’ Forum. He mobilised his colleagues and I think they were the ones that gave Secondus the needed backing that he shouldn’t resign as they were solidly behind him.
“Also, Senator Jibrin, the chairman of the BoT, also mobilised elders in the party against the coup plot. He wondered why some individuals in the party want the NWC dissolved when the BoT passed a vote of confidence on the Secondus-led exco in March, this year, and the National Executive Committee (NEC) also did the same a month later.
“Those in support of Secondus who are in the majority believe that it will be an insult for the PDP for a single individual to believe he can install a national chairman of the party and remove him when he deems fit. We are not talking of a mushroom political party here. We are talking of a party that still boasts of more than 10 governors and large number of federal lawmakers across the country.