Barely 20 days to Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) national convention, former governor of Plateau state, Jonah Jang and leaders of North Central zone have expressed their support for the aspiration of the former Acting National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus.
Secondus is among the eight aspirants contending for the PDP chairmanship position.
The leaders of the party in the zone had at the weekend in Abuja described Secondus as the right person needed if PDP would defeat the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
Jang, who led the leaders of the North Central zone in a meeting with Secondus, noted that PDP at this point in time needs an experienced party man like him (Secondus), adding that the party can only win in 2019 when a tested person is elected next month as the Chairman.
Prince Secondus had told the leaders of the North Central that “PDP is at a crossroads and needs a leadership that would hit the ground running. Our party at the moment is not at a comfort zone and therefore requires purposeful leadership as it cannot afford any waste of time.”
The former PDP Acting National Chairman said in a statement by his media aide Bisi Ezekiel, said: “With election around the corner, there is no time to learn, the party needs an experienced person and I think I have it, having served the party at various levels meritoriously.
“Let me assure you that as your National Chairman I would deliver votes and if I can’t deliver votes from my constituency I should resign.
Listing some of the achievements that stood him out to lead the party, Prince Secondus said under his watch as National Organising Secretary, the party had the best internal and external elections.
He also said that as acting National Chairman he set up a special committee that looked into the causes of the failure of the party in 2015 general election, pointing out that the post-mortem report which has been adopted by the National Executive Committee NEC would be a huge guide for him to rebuild, reform and regain the party.
Secondus also reminded the party leaders how he saved the party from an impending constitutional crisis by ignoring the urge of the former National Chairman, Alhaji Áli Modu Sheriff, who wanted him not to preside over the Port Harcourt convention and which became the grounds for the Supreme Court to dismiss Sheriff.
“If you give me your mandate, under my watch, I would decentralize power to states and get our members more involved in the running of the party.
” I would ensure that popular candidates fly our flag because when popular person hold the ticket, the election is 50% won
“The 2019 election is for us to take if we do the right thing and I can assure you that I have the skill, I have what it takes and the experience if you give me the mandate.
” I would not be distracted; I would leverage on the peace and support the party enjoys in my state and in my zone.”