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Nigeria 2023: Secondus, the ‘total chairman’ causing the PDP top brass sleepless nights 

By Dele Yusuf
Posted on Wednesday, 1 September 2021 16:00

Uche Secondus, the chairman of Atiku's People's Democratic Party (PDP), is seen at the Court of Appeal in Abuja
Uche Secondus, the chairman of Atiku's People's Democratic Party (PDP), is seen during an election tribunal that is due to rule on opposition candidate's bid to overturn result at the Court of Appeal in Abuja, Nigeria September 11, 2019. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde

Prince Uche Secondus returned at the helm of affairs as the national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Nigeria’s main opposition party, after a leadership tussle that nearly caused the party to implode. He was replaced in August after a court removed him as chairman, and returned after another ruled in his favour. But the court rulings are only one manifestation of the power play behind the scenes in the capital Abuja, as he claims some powerful individuals want him out of the way. Infighting is set to increase as the party organises new leadership elections in October.   

Rebuild, reposition and regain. That was the framework with which Secondus contested and was elected the national chairman of Nigeria’s PDP in December 2017.

He has not yet succeeded in getting the party back to Nigeria’s seat of power after it was displaced by the All Progressives Congress (APC) coalition in 2015, but he seems to have succeeded in ruffling feathers in Abuja, especially among the PDP’s chieftains.

Secondus, speaking through Ike Abonyi, his spokesman, tells The Africa Report that his ordeal at the PDP in recent days is because some people are “not getting what they want”- including Rivers State governor Nyesom Wike, his longtime ally and financier.