Former President, Jonathan in Collision With SCGG Over PDP Chairmanship

A political group, South-South Coalition for Good Governance, has warned former President Goodluck Jonathan to desist from working against the chairmanship ambition of Uche Secondus.
Secondus, a former acting Chairman, is among other aspirants contesting for the chairmanship of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the upcoming convention of the party on December 9.
The chairmanship seat has been zoned to the South by the party.
The group, in a statement signed by its Co-ordinator, John Boma-Harrison, accused Jonathan of hatching a grand plot, using some of his northern allies, to swing votes in favour of another candidate rather than Secondus.
Jonathan had openly supported former Minister of Education, Professor Tunde Adeniran, who is from the South West for the position.
The group said that the former President was mobilising northern delegates against the candidacy of Secondus, despite Secondus being a southerner and a proud son of the Niger Delta.
While condemning the former President’s “divisive attitude”, the group wondered why he would move against his own Ijaw brother who enjoyed the overwhelming support of majority of PDP supporters across the country.
The coalition observed that Secondus was tipped as the possible winner because of his popularity and his rich profile in party politics, adding that nothing would stop him.
It therefore advised the former president to desist from his anti-Secondus campaign, especially his attempt to mobilise northern delegates to vote against the candidacy of Secondus.
The group also called on the former President to concentrate on playing the role of a statesman rather than engage in “subterfuge and unbridled politickingý” that would further dent his image.
It said: “We have uncovered a plot by former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan to scuttle the chances of the most accepted candidate for the position of national chairman of the PDP, Prince Uche Secondusý.
“We have it on good authority that the former president is using northern delegates to mobilise against Secondus who hails from the south, and an Ijaw man like him.
“We are disappointed in him, but we want to use this medium to advise him to retrace his steps.
“He is a statesman, and he should play that role.”

Author: News Editor

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