… As Okowa Says PDP Is Reconciled For Future Challenges
FORMER Deputy of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Prince Uche Secondus, at the wee hours of Sunday, emerged as the new chairman of the party polling 2000 votes cast at the election to beat his closest rival Prof. Tunde Adeniran who got 230 votes.
Dr. Raymond Dokpesi came third with 66 votes followed by Prof. Taoheed Adedoja who did not score any vote while 55 votes were voided, with the Chairman of the Convention Organising Committee, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa saying with the successful conduct of the elections, “PDP will go into the future reconciled to take over power in 2019 by the grace of God.”
Senator Okowa who is the Governor of Delta State, spoke at exactly 2.47 am, shortly before the results were announced, asserted, “PDP has had a very credible election”.
He thanked leaders of the party, the Governors forum, the Independent National Election Commission (INEC), security agencies, candidates that contested for different positions, the press and all those who contributed in different ways to make the convention a success.
Chairman of the electoral committee for the convention, Mr Gabriel Suswam, former Governor of Benue State described Governor Okowa as a workaholic whose drive made it possible for the PDP to have the best convention since the formation of the party in 1998.
According to Suswam, “this is the first ever very transparent election convention that the PDP has ever had, it took Governor Okowa a lot of military tact for us to have what we have today.”
Mr Suswam formerly announced the results which Chief Secondus in his acceptance speech, assured members of the PDP that the party will not repeat the mistakes of the past but will ensure that “internal democracy will be strictly adhered to with a deliberate policy to return ‘real’ power to the people. No more imposition, no more impunity.”
“Every member of this party can, from this moment, consider him or herself, an equal shareholder in our common destiny,” he said, adding, “my campaign pillars for this election are to rebuild, re-position and regain and by the grace of God and with all hands on deck, the brief tenancy of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Aso Rock Villa expires on May 28, 2019.”
Winners were immediately sworn-in signalling the commencement of a new executive committee for the PDP.