NIGERIA: Panic escalates in PDP over unexpected convention

People’s Democratic Party (PDP) logo seen on display in Enugu [Image: courtesy]
Abuja, Nigeria—There is tension in the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) over the national convention slated for Saturday in Abuja.

The fear over the Court of Appeal case involving suspended national chairman Uche Secondus, who has refused all entries to withdraw it, and the new case at the Kaduna High Court, has sent PDP governors into panic mode.

But Governor Makinde Seyi who is the Secretary of the Convention planning committee said the date of the convention stands.

The governors have assembled a legal team for advice on how to tackle Secondus at the Court of Appeal in Port Harcourt.

It was also learned that the party may file a counter application before the appellate court on why it should not restrain PDP from holding its convention.

Delegates to the convention were confused last night on whether to proceed to Abuja the convention venue.

Also, all was not well within the PDP National Convention Committee. Most members have complained of being sidelined.

They alleged that only governors Ahmadu Fintiri (Adamawa State), Seyi Makinde (Oyo), and Douye Diri (occasionally), are running the show.

The tension made PDP governors and some leaders to begin marathon consultations with some senior lawyers.

A top source said, “The PDP governors have been consulting with some top lawyers on how to tackle Secondus at the Court of Appeal in Port Harcourt when the case up on Tuesday.

“The consultations have been on the last eight to nine hours on the way forward for the party. They were caught unaware.

“Top on the agenda is to convince the appellate court to reject Secondus, application to stop the convention from holding because he has nothing to lose. His tenure has technically ended there is no way the conviction can affect him.

“In fairness, the party is not against him in court, only a member of the party sued him. This means the generally the party has no axe to grind with him.”