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Wike carpets Secondus, says Party Chairman a failure, can’t lead PDP to victory

Anthony Iwuoma
Governor Nyesom Wike of
Rivers State has said the Uche Secondus-National Working Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, is a failure and lacks the capacity to lead the party to victory in the 2023 general elections.
Insisting that the committee must be replaced, Wike who spoke on national television in Port Harcourt on Tuesday, cited the recent internal crisis in the party as indicating failure of the committee to carry out its responsibility very well.

The outspoken governor also maintained that the PDP is the only credible alternative for Nigerians in 2023, considering the poor performance of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC.

The governor’s media aide, Kelvin Ebiri, disclosed the Wike’s stance in a statement, titled: ‘PDP needs new, robust, determined NWC to win 2023 general elections.’

“If you go to the public and ask Nigerians if PDP is ready to take over power in 2023, if you hold a referendum, you will know that Nigerians are even waiting for PDP,” the statement read.

“But the fear of Nigerians is whether PDP is ready to take over power. So, people are concerned about it. Obviously, it is ripe for PDP to take over, but you must be prepared to take over.

“And we said with what we have now, it will be difficult to take over power in 2023 if there are no amendments. Leadership was the problem. The point is this, the current NWC, as it is today, cannot lead the party to victory.

“Nobody has said they have not done well, one way or the other. But, we are talking about the challenges ahead. That is why we are pushing for the party to have other people to lead the party and to give it a different strength altogether. If you know APC, you know that you need a robust, determined leadership of the party (PDP) to make sure you match them word by word, action by action.”

Wike said rather than a purported presidential ambition in 2023, he was more concerned on how to position PDP to win the 2023 general elections.