This is necessary as the party is set to hold its national convention in October this year. That will be next month except there is any last minute change. There are possibilities that influential politicians from the North may push for the return of the embattled National Chairman of PDP, Prince Uche Secondus. Although, that would be against the wish of Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State, some other Southern Governors and politicians who may not like the idea.
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But, there are good reasons this may happen. This article will discuss some of the reasons why some influential Northern politicians may push for the return of Secondus during today's National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting in Abuja today. Whereas, Wike, Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, Godwin Obaseki of Edo State, Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State and some others favour that the post goes to the North. Here are reasons why some strong Northern politicians may push for Secondus to return.
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First, it serves their interest better. If Secondus from the South returns as the PDP National Chairman, it will automatically favour the North to produce the party's presidential candidate in 2023. This is what top politician like Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, Rabiu Kwankwaso, Aminu Tambuwal and others want so that they can run for President in PDP.
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Second, there are good indication that they are considering bringing back Secondus. Yes, during the last meeting of PDP Governors in Abuja over the issue, Governor Darius Ishaku of Taraba State gave three suggestions. According to a report by The Punch, Ishaku suggested: the return of Secondus and his excos, swapping positions between South and North and the third option was to sack all the excos and throw all the posts open for all PDP members. For Ishaku to add it as one of the three options, it means that they in the North are considering it because it will favour them more.
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Third, the Northerners never wanted Secondus out. Majority of the people pushing for the removal of Secondus are from the South. Wike and his allies are the major forces behind the move. In fact, this is clear and it is intended to push for the South to get the PDP's presidential ticket with Wike said to be interested. In fact, while court orders against Secondus kept emerging from Rivers State and other Southern States, some Northerners got an order to reinstate him to prove that they want him to continue. But, another order came after Secondus was suspended by his Ward.
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Finally, it appears that pushing for Secondus to return is the easiest way for the North to get what they want by using divide and rule strategy against Wike's camp and other Southerners. As it stands now, Secondus still has many loyalists in the South who want him to continue. If influential Northerners back him to return with the support of those Southerners, Wike and others against him may lose out.
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