FORMER Minister for Mines and Steel and a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Elder Wole Oyelese, has warned party leaders and delegates to prevent disaster by avoiding the traps set by governors through the imposition of Uche Secondus as national chairman.
In a chat with journalists in Abuja, Oyelese said Secondus’ leadership of the party was a disaster waiting to happen, urging the delegates to help the party avoid the disaster.
He said Rivers State governor, Mr Nyesom Wike, and some PDP governors backing Secondus to emerge as PDP national chairman were doing so for selfish reasons.
Oyelese said: “I will not expect anybody that loves PDP to support Secondus because of his antecedents but there is a difference between loving the party and being selfish.
“Wike wants to build a political empire using the PDP as a platform, hence his support for Secondus.
“Some governors who are also afraid of their shadows believe that they cannot manipulate Chief Bode George and believe Secondus could easily be manipulated.
“Wike and the other governors are unnecessarily anxious, they are not thinking about the future of the party; they should know that there is no room for experimentation.”
He also appealed to PDP leaders in the South-South to see Nigeria as a country that must be united and not divided along ethnic line.’’
He urged them to tender an unreserved apology over their claims that they had been the ones financing the party, saying PDP was not a company for sale but a political party striving to change the fortune of Nigerians.
“ They should begin to see South – South as an integral part of a united country,” Oyelese charged the South South PDP leaders.
Oyelese said Chief Bode George turned the fortunes of the party around when he was the South West vice chairman of the party in 2003, winning five out of the six states in the region for the party.
“George as PDP vice chairman in South West went round all the states about five times and by the next election in 2003, PDP won in five states out of six. Let Secondus tell us what he achieved for the party.
“George is one individual who can sit down and he knows the people to be contacted in Sokoto, Maiduguri, Calabar, people who can make the difference in the future of the party,” Oyelese said.