There is alleged intense lobbying among governors of the South South and South East for the choice of Prince Uche Secondus as national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
It was learnt that Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike, seems not to be relenting in his campaign to ensure that Secondus, a former acting national chairman of the party, emerges the next national chairman during party’s national convention in December.
The position of the party’s national chairman has been zoned to the South, which is made up of South South, South East and South West geopolitical zones of the country.
Although there is no official statement to the campaign, Wike has in the past few days toured all the PDP controlled states in the South South and South East geopolitical zones of the country, including Akwa Ibom, Abia, Bayelsa, Enugu and Delta, calling for regional integration.
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During the visits, the governor met with Governors Udom Emmanuel, Okezie Ikpeazu, Seriake Dickson, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi and Ifeany Okowa, as well as former Delta State Governor, Chief James Ibori.
When contacted, the Rivers State commissioner for Information and Communications, Barrister Emma Okah, admitted that there is an element of truth in the rumour about Secondus’ interest in the national chairmanship position of the PDP.
Okah said, “I think that there is a truth in the rumour about Prince Uche Secondus running for the position of the national chairman of the PDP.
“However, no official statement has been made to the effect. We are just keeping it to ourselves”, he noted.