•His Big Dilemma Revealed!
The embattled National Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Prince Uche Secondus may be warming up for defection to the All Progressives Congress (APC) as Nigeria is marching towards another general election in 2023.
An inside source told City People in Port Harcourt that the suspended National Chairman of the PDP was no longer comfortable being a member of the PDP in the face of hostility that has perfected an end to his Chairmanship of the party.
City People learnt that Secondus’ loss of home support, especially the backing of the Governor of Rivers State, Wike was the last stroke that broke the camel’s back. Secondus, it would be recalled, was a beneficiary of Wike’s support that ensured the emergence of the Prince as the National Chairman of the party.
The scheming to remove Secondus as the PDP’s National Chairman was not unconnected with the ambition of stakeholders eyeing the President’s seat come 2023. Southern politicians who are interested in the 2023 presidential election regarded Secondus’ chairmanship of the PDP a stumbling block. The presidential ticket of the party, the schemers asserted, could not be zoned to the South if Secondus remained the National Chairman of the party.
In Rivers State internal politicking, Governor Wike’s camp is at loggerheads with Secondus over local council election. Observers said that the suspension of Secondus by Ward 3, Ikiru Town in Andonni, Secondus homeward, was a calculated step to remove the National Chairman from office.
To seal the fate of Secondus as the National Chairman of the PDP, a member of the party from Ward 3, Secondus ward, went to a Degema court and obtained an exparte injunction that put not only Secondus membership of the PDP in Limbo but also his Chairmanship.
To counter the move, Secondus too went to a high court of equal jurisdiction.
in Birnin Kebbi to nullify the Degema’s court order. Those who were bent on removing Secondus from office regarded what he did, going to Birnin Kebbi Court to reverse the earlier Rivers State Court order as effrontery. They went to Calabar, Cross River State to obtain a fresh order to seal his fate.
With the ding-dong of court orders that had even made the Chief Justice of the federation to summon Chief Judges of states involved in issuing what could be described as frivolous court orders that is dragging the judiciary in the mud of ignominy, pressure mounted on Secondus, it was learnt, to seek political relevance elsewhere.
That, perhaps, he believes the national ruling party would be a better place to continue his political voyage. No doubt, if he eventually goes to join the APC, the party knows he is a big political fish that could reverse the fortune of PDP in Rivers State.