PDP governors-backed Uche Secundus has emerged the new national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP) following an overwhelming defeat of two other opponents at the Eagle Square venue of the party’s convention on Saturday.
The former deputy national chairman of the party garnered 2000 votes, with a former Minister of Education, Prof. Adeniran coming a distant second with 230, while media mogul Raymond Dokpesi brought up the rear, with a miserly 66 votes.
Secondus, in the early hours of Sunday was declared the new chairman with an overwhelming defeat of Prof. Tunde Adeniran and Chief Raymond Dokpesi.
Full List Of Elected Officials
Two years and nine months after it lost its 16-year-long grip on power at the Federal level, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Saturday elected officials that will lead it in the quest to wrest power back from the All Progressives Congress (APC).
It has been a long trouble-fraught road for the PDP to get to this point after the APC swept to victory in 2015, and Saturday’s election was not without controversy.
Two of the chairmanship candidates – former Minister of Education, Professor Tunde Adeniran, and Daar Communications Founder, Raymond Dokpesi have condemned the election, insisting it was fraudulent.
Despite their complaints, elected officials were sworn in at about 3:30 am on Sunday morning.
Here is the list of winners as declared by former Benue State Governor, Mr Gabriel Suswam, who served as chairman of the electoral committee:
- National Chairman – Uche Secondus (Rivers, South-South).
- Deputy National Chairman, South – Yemi Akinwonmi (Ogun, South West); unopposed.
- Deputy National Chairman, North – Senator Gamawa Babawo Garba (Bauchi, North East); defeated six others.
- National Secretary – Senator Umaru Ibrahim Tsauri (Katsina, North-West); defeated others
- Deputy National Secretary – Emmanuel Agbo (Benue, North Central); defeated four others
- National Organising Secretary – Austin Akobundu (Abia, South East); defeated two others
- Deputy National Organising Secretary – Hassan Yakubu (Nasarawa, North Central); unopposed
- National Publicity Secretary – Kola Ologbondiyan (Kogi, North Central); defeated four others
- Deputy National Publicity Secretary – Diran Odeyemi (Osun, South West); defeated two others
- National Financial Secretary – Abdullahi Husseini Maibasara (Niger, North Central)
- Deputy National Financial Secretary – Irona Alphonsus Gerald (Imo, South-East); defeated on contestant
- National Treasurer – Aribisala Adewale (Ekiti, South-West); unopposed
- Deputy National Treasurer – Wada Masu (Kano, North West); defeated one contestant
- Deputy National Auditor – Miss Amina Arong (Cross River, South-South); unopposed
- National Auditor – Adamu Mustafa (Yobe, North East); unopposed
- National Women Leader Mariya Waziri (Kebbi, North West); defeated one contestant.
- Deputy National Women Leader – Umoru Hadizat (Edo, South-South); defeated three others.
- National Youth Leader Udeh Okoye (Enugu State, South East); defeated three others.
- Deputy National Youth Leader – Umar Babangida Maina (Adamawa, North East); defeated Yahaya Salisu
- National Legal Adviser – Emmanuel Enoidem (Akwa Ibom, South-South); defeated two others.
- Deputy National Legal Adviser – Ahmed Bello Liman (Sokoto, North West); Unopposed.
Nine candidates had been in the National Chairmanship race as of Friday evening, seven from the South West and two – Secondus and Dokpesi – from the South-South.
Six of the candidates from the South-West, however, pulled out of the race starting late on Friday with a former National Deputy Chairman of the party, Bode George.
Before the election commenced, Professor Adeniran became the sole candidate from the South West.