Onyebuchi Ezigbo in Abuja
Former acting National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Uche Secondus has said that the December 9 National Convention of the party is an opportunity to salvage the party and rebuild it for 2019 elections
He said that whoever would emerge as the national chairman of the party will depend on the endorsement and votes of delegates at the forthcoming national convention.
He denied reports alleging clandestine moves by some powerful forces to impose him on the party as its chairman.
In a statement issued by a member of campaign organisation, Taiye Garrick, the aspirant said there was no way anybody could impose anyone in a free and fair contest.
“Our attention has been drawn to news reports alleging clandestine moves by some powerful forces to impose Prince Uche Secondus as the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party
“We want to categorically declare that there is no iota of truth in that report. Our candidacy depends on endorsement and votes of delegates at the forthcoming national convention.
“We want Nigerians and members of the party to note that the position of National Chairman was zoned to the Southern region comprising of three zones. Prince Secondus has every legitimate and legal rights to aspire for the office of National Chairman.
Secondus noted that he has been reaching out to delegates across the 36 states seeking their votes and presenting his agenda for revival of the party ahead of 2019.
“Throughout this period, no member of Board of Trustees has openly endorsed him as they have done for some other candidates. No state governor has openly endorsed him so far even though some aspirants claimed support of some governors. Where then is the plot to impose Secondus?
“Just recently, some members of Board of Trustees openly endorsed some aspirants. The Secondus Campaign Organisation did not raise any eyebrow. Rather than waiting for any group endorsements, we have been campaigning day and night across the six zones, selling our redemption messages to PDP delegates.
“We urge all aspirants to get ready for the National Convention and stop game of distractions. The delegates assembled will cast their votes for an aspirant of their choice in the full glare of the public. Nobody can impose any aspirant in a free and fair contest.
“We also want to affirm that Prince Secondus remains the most qualified for the chairmanship going by his antecedents before and after the crisis that nearly killed the party. He is bold and pushful alongside with his great blueprint to return the PDP to power in 2019.
Secondus said that the forthcoming convention is PDP’s great opportunity to complete the redemption started at the Port Harcourt mini convention.
“We must elect real committed party members into the upcoming National Working Committee. In this clarion call, we urge delegates to support Prince Secondus, the man of undiluted loyalty, unflinching determination for PDP revival and unparralled qualification for PDP leadership,” he said.