The pleas by the Board of Trustees of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) notwithstanding, youths of the party have continued the clamour for the resignation of the party’s National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus.
The youths continued their ‘Secondus Must Go’ protest in Abuja on Tuesday, ignoring appeals by the BoT and the party’s Governors’ Forum.
The youths protested at the party’s National Secretariat (Wadata House) in the Wuse Zone 5 area in Abuja, alleging mismanagement of funds, and low performance of Secondus, they said led to recent defection of some party stakeholders.
The youths carried placards, some of which read “Secondus cannot be bigger than the party” and “Secondus must go”, among others.
Both the BoT and the governors have waded into the party’s leadership crisis, but that if the governors ended up in deadlock.
Speaking during the protest, the leader of the protesting youths, Tamunotonye Inioribo, said: “We have nothing against Prince Uche Secondus. I am from Rivers State, Secondus is from Rivers too. I am an Ijaw, he is also an Ijaw. But, this is about the party.
“Our Deputy National Chairman in 2013 (Secondus) asked the then, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, to resign, because of issues similar to what we are facing today in the party. We are simply saying that we need a new direction in the party. So, Secondus must go.”
Inioribo also dismissed claims that Governor Nyesom Wike sponsored the call for the removal of Uche Secondus.
“Wike is not part of the support for the protest. Patriotic PDP youths came together, putting our resources together to say ‘enough is enough’.
“APC has failed. Nigerians look up to the PDP but the PDP must not disappoint Nigerians. We must fix PDP to fix Nigeria. So, Secondus must go”, he said.