Former acting National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Uche Secondus, has been elected as the National Chairman of the party.
Secondus garnered 2,000 of the total 2,396 votes cast at the party’s national convention which ended in the early hours of Sunday at the Eagle Square, Abuja.
Chairman of the Electoral Sub-Committee of the convention and former Governor of Benue state, Gabriel Suswan, announced the results and said that the election for chairmanship position was keenly contested by four candidates. He said:
In this contest, nine gentlemen indicated their interests to contest, but here, four of them sent letters of withdrawal and so four were left.
The other one we were told had withdrawn but there was no letter to that effect.
The four gentlemen that contested were Uche Secondus; Chief Raymond Dokpesi, Founder of Daar Communications; Prof. Tunde Adeniran, former Education Minister and Prof. Taoheed Adedoja, former Minister of Sports and Special Duties.
Secondus scored 2,000 votes; Dokpesi, 66; Adeniran, 230 while Adedoja scored no vote.
The candidates who withdrew were Bode George, former Deputy National Chairman; Gbenga Daniel, Rasheed Ladoja, erstwhile Governors of Ogun and Oyo States, respectively, and Jimi Agbaje, PDP governorship candidate in Lagos State in 2015 elections.
Other elected officers were Babayo Garmawa, Deputy National Chairman (North); Yemi Akinwunmi, Deputy National Chairman (South); Umar Tsauri, National Secretary; and Agbo Emmanuel, Deputy National Secretary.
Austin Akinbundu is new National Organising Secretary; Yakubu Hassan, Deputy National Organizing Secretary; Kola Ologbondiyan, National Publicity Secretary; and Diran Odeyemi, Deputy National Publicity Secretary.
Abdullahi Maibasira emerged National Financial Secretary; Irona Gerald, Deputy National Financial Secretary; Aribisala Adewale, National Treasurer; Wada Masu, Deputy National Treasurer; Adamu Mustapha, National Auditor; and Arong Divine, Deputy National Auditor.
Mariya Umar was elected National Women Leader, Umoru Hadiza, Deputy National Women Leader, and Emmanuel Enoidem, National Youth Leader.
The Chairman of the Convention Planning Committee and Governor of Delta, Ifeanyi Okowa, commended the Election Sub-Committee for “job well done.”
He also commended all the candidates and delegates who participated in elections and party leaders and members for cooperation that ensured the success of the convention.