The national chairman of the People’s Democratic Party, Mr. Uche Secondus, has raised an alarm that some chieftains of the PDP wanted to hijack the political party and its structure. The tenure of Secondus would expire in December and he can decide to contest again for the same office.
Mr. Secondus talked about the possibility of hijacking the party by some top chieftains several hours after seven members of the National Working Committee of the PDP resigned from their respective offices. The PDP has been facing internal crisis and things are falling apart within the opposition party.
Two things are likely going to happen if the party sacks Mr. Uche Secondus at this moment or if the chieftains hijack the political party from him. And the two things will adversely affect the chances that the PDP has in the next general elections. Even the PDP may lose the election once again in 2023.
The first thing is that the PDP would find itself in the same problem that the All Progressives Congress (APC) is right now. The ruling party has been entangled in leadership crisis to the extent that top leaders of the APC are struggling to look for ways out of the wood. The All Progressives Congress sacked Adams Oshiomole and dissolved the National Working Committee (NWC).
It would be recalled that in June, 2020 the National Executive Council of the APC decided to deliberate on matters that involved Adams Oshiomole. The supreme organ of the party observed that it needed to intervene to stop the crisis from escalating. And the party dissolved the NWC which Oshiomole was leading at that time.
And in order not to have a leadership vacuum, the NEC put in place a caretaker committee which is headed by Mr. Mai Mala Buni, the Yobe State governor. And since the party leaders took the decision, the APC is yet to have substantive national chairman and other members of the working committee. Even the issue is affecting the state and local level.
The second thing that can happen is that the party would be confused about how to select a replacement for Uche Secondus. The normal thing that should have happened is that the party ought to allow him to complete his tenure in December before making further decision about him.
It must be noted that any step taken on Mr. Uche Secondus would have effects on the 2023 general elections. The party would be keenly divided because some members of the political party would not just take it easy for Mr. Uche Secondus to vacate his office at this moment.
If the PDP sacks him, there would be a division within the party. Initially, Mr. Bukola Saraki has been working to ensure that key leaders of the party are reconciled ahead of the 2023 general elections. Saraki had settled the matters in the Lagos State chapter of the party Mr. Liyel Imoke and Donald Duke have also reconciled.
Likewise, Mr. Atiku Abubakar and Nyesom Wike recently met and they resolved their differences with the aim of moving the PDP forward. All these developments are encouraging, but there is possibility that crisis would resume at the national level if the chieftains of the party removes Mr. Uche Secondus. And the crisis at the national level would pave the way for the APC to win again.