The embattled National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Uche Secondus, has been suspended by his ward – Ward 5 in Ikuru town, Andoni Local Government Area of Rivers State.
This means more trouble for the former Rivers State chairman of the PDP, who also served as its National Organizing Secretary before his emergence as the national chairman.
The decision to suspend Secondus was made known by the PDP Ward Chairman, George Christopher, at the party’s extraordinary meeting at the party’s Secretariat at Ikuru, on Wednesday after 11 of the 17 members of the executive gave their nod.
In making the announcement, Christopher said, “The ward executive of the Peoples Democratic Party in Ward 5, Ikuru town; the leaders on the 31st of August, 2021, discussed issues that affect the party.
“Suspension of Prince Uche Secondus was done by the ward executive after a duly constituted ward meeting called by the Secretary on the instructions of the Chairman, according to the Constitution of our great party.
“The party at the ward further reaffirmed his suspension and thanked the party at the local government and state level for agreeing on the suspension.”
Recall that Uche Secondus was also sacked as the Chairman of the opposition party by a Rivers State court. He is being blamed for the series of defections that rocked the party in the last few months.
Meanwhile, Uche Secondus has reacted to the suspension in a statement.
The statement read; “The media office of Prince Uche Secondus ordinarily should not be responding to every ‘noise’ in the media being engineered by those who set out to distract and destroy the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, but it’s our responsibility to guide those who are easily persuaded by news in the media hence this response.”
“Such action is a mere wish as Article 59(3) of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, constitution states clearly that only the National Executive Committee, NEC of the party can discipline the National Chairman or any other National officer of the party.”
“Members of the public and the media should therefore be wary of agents out to distract PDP from the focus of retrieving our beloved country from the irreparable damage already done to it by the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC.”