The Elective Convention of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) came to an end in the early hours of Sunday, December 10, 2017, with the election of Prince Uche Secondus as the party’s new Chairman. Secondus who polled a total of 2000 votes. recorded a landslide victory as the first runner-up and former Education Minister, Professor Tunde Adeniran garnered a paltry 230 votes. Media mogul, Raymond Dokpesi polled 66 votes, with Professor Taoheed Adedoja trailing in the rear with no vote.
The party also has a new National Secretary in Senator Umar Ibrahim Tsauri who polled a total of 1,549 votes to defeat Alhaji Abubakar Mustapha and Senator Nenadi Usman who garnered 371 and 287 votes respectively. Also elected into the National Working Committee (NWC) at Saturday delegate election was Senator Gamawa Babawo Garba who emerged the new Deputy National Chairman (North) beating former Minister of Women Affairs, Hajia Maryam Inna Ciroma, who many had said would get the position.
Senator Garbage got 1316 out of total vote cast while Ciroma polled 350 to settle for second spot on the log. Senator Saidu Kumo who also ran for the position came third after polling a total of 89 votes.
In his statement shortly after his election, Prince Secondus said under his stewardship, the party would witness a robust leadership style capable of taking the PDP to a new level. A statement from Secondus’ media office and signed by Ike Abonyi said the aspirant stated this in Abuja while addressing North Central delegates to the convention. Secondus told the delegates that included former Governors, former Ministers, old and serving Senators and members of House of Representatives and other chieftains of the party that PDP is at a cross road and needed a leadership that would hit the ground running. “Our party at the moment is not at a comfort zone and therefore requires purposeful leadership as it cannot afford any waste of time. “ With election around the corner, there is no time to learn. The party needs an experienced person and I think I have it having served the party at various levels meritoriously. “Let me assure you that as your national chairman, I will deliver votes and if I can’t deliver votes from my constituency I should resign,” he said.
He further reminded the delegates how he saved the party from a possible constitutional crisis by ignoring the promptings of the former acting national chairman, Alhaji Áli Modu Sheriff, who wanted him not to preside over the Port Harcourt
convention and which became the grounds for the Supreme Court to dismiss the former Borno State Governor. “If you give me your mandate, under my watch, I will decentralize power to states and get our members more involved in the running of the party.