There are at least three top Peoples' Democratic Party (PDP) politicians who can take over from the current national chairman of the party, Uche Secondus, who is now facing several challenges to his leadership of the party. It is not really rosy for the national chairman as his tenure is drawing to an end.
The embattled national chairman of the People's Democratic Party (PDP), Mr. Uche Secondus has indicated that some chieftains of the party are determined to hijack the party structure from him. Prince Uche Secondus talked barely one day after seven of the members of the National Working Committee of the party resigned.
Apart from the NWC members who have resigned, the PDP has lost some of its best leaders to the All Progressives Congress. Nigerians would remember that within a year Mr. Dave Umahi, Ben Ayade, Bello Matawalle, Yakubu Dogara, Elisha Abbo and Peter Nwaoboshi joined the APC. And they even collected the APC flag from President Muhammadu Buhari, who welcomed them.
The first possible politician that the PDP may consider to take over from Mr. Secondus is the former governor of Niger State, Mr. Babangida Aliyu. The former governor can actually amass enough support for the PDP in the northern region. Aliyu would be one of the perfect candidates that the party may have to consider for the job at the national secretariat of the party.
The only problem that Aliyu might have is the misunderstanding between him and Rivers State governor Nyesom Wike. The two men have been at loggerheads for some time now over a comment made by Aliyu. The former Niger State governor had said that northern governors worked against former president Goodluck Jonathan in the 2015 presidential election.
Wike has replied him and the two politicians had exchanged words on the media over the issue even though former Plateau State governor Jonah Jang had debunked the claim made by Babangida Aliyu. The former Niger State governor may not get the support of Jonathan and Nyesom Wike. But he is capable of leading the political party to power.
The PDP can also consider former Kano State governor Rabiu Kwankwaso. The former governor is a leader in the PDP and he can also garner enough support for the opposition party ahead of the next general elections. Even he is one of the most experienced politicians of the PDP in the northern region. He had contested for the presidential ticket of the PDP but failed to win it.
Mr. Rabiu Kwankwaso can also have some challenges within Kano State chapter of the PDP. He has not been in good terms with Ambassador Aminu Wali, who is one of the top elder statesmen in the PDP. Both Aminu Wali and Rabiu Kwankwaso have been struggling to have maximum control of the Kano State chapter of the PDP.
If the PDP wants to retain its presidential ticket in the northern part of the country, it may ask southern politicians to control the affairs of the party. This means that the party may pick up another southern politician to take over from Uche Secondus ahead of 2023.
And if that is the case, the PDP can consider former Ekiti State governor Ayodele Fayose. Fayose has shown that he is committed to the success of the PDP. Despite all challenges within the party most especially at the southwest level, Fayose is still in the political party. Therefore, the party may ask him to succeed Uche Secondus.
However, Ayodele Fayose may face some challenges from southwest region. The rivalry between him and Mr. Seyi Makinde may arise again. The two men have been struggling to have control of the PDP in the region. Even they faced each other in the last PDP congress which was held in Osogbo, Osun State. Mr. Fayose supported Eddy Olafeso while Makinde preferred Taofeek Arapaja.
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