- Nigeria's lead opposition party, PDP, is struggling to keep its house in order ahead of the 2023 general elections
- The party's national chairman, Uche Secondus, has cried out, claiming a certain member of the party wants to hijack the structure from him
- Secondus added that the aim of the chieftain whose name was not revealed is to get the Excos dissolved and an interim committee put in place
FCT, Abuja - Prince Uche Secondus, the national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has raised an alarm over the alleged plot to hijack the structure of the opposition party.
Daily Trust reported that Secondus in a statement issued by his spokesman, Ike Abonyi, accused an unnamed chieftain of attempting to hijack the structure of the party.
Legit.ng gathers that the unnamed party chieftain was also accused of planning to "dent the image" of the national chairman.
The statement read partly:
“Reports reaching this office shows clearly that this character is deploying all devious means to try and diminish the person and character of the National Chairman with a view to having his way of ultimately hijacking the structure for his disproportionately large ambition."
Look out for strange deployment of luring gifts - Secondus
The PDP chairman urged the media and the members of the public to be on the lookout as the accused party chieftain may soon start dishing out gifts like ‘Father Christmas’ with the aim of taking over the party and installing a caretaker Committee.
He said anyone who means well for the party will respect its constitution especially at a time when the national convention is fastly approaching.
Secondus, nevertheless, gave assurance to all stakeholders that every reasonable step is being taken to ensure that the image and status of the party are not injured by the unfolding development.
Ex-PDP governor Dickson defends Secondus
Dickson, a former governor of Bayelsa state, made the assertion in a statement on Wednesday, August 4, saying emphatically that such a committee would throw up more problems before the party convention and primaries.
The senator warned that an attempt by a few persons to hijack the party could lead to an implosion.