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Published On: Fri, Aug 7th, 2020

Only free, fair elections can give Nigerians hope, Secondus tells Buhari, INEC

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…Says Nigeria sitting on keg of gun powder

By Lateef Ibrahim, Abuja

National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Prince Uche Secondus said on Thursday that the only thing that can give Nigerians hope is for President Muhammadu Buhari and the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to conduct free and fair elections in the country.
Secondus spoke yesterday when he and other members of the party’s National Working Committee, NWC, played host
to the two reconciled factions of the PDP in Ogun State led by the newly elected State Chairman, Alhaji Sikirulai Ogundele at the party’s national headquarters in Abuja.
The PDP National Chairman observed that the nation is currently sitting on a keg of gun powder as the people have been traumatized and terrorized with insecurity, hunger and poverty starring Nigerians in the face.
According to him, “Nigeria is sitting on a keg of gunpowder.
“We have been traumatized, terrorized with insecurity, hunger and poverty and the entire country is looking up to the PDP.
“The people are depressed Because of the political and economic situation in the country.
The only way people will have hope is for Mr. President and INEC to conduct free and fair election.
“We don’t want what happened in other states to happen in Edo because Nigeria will be heading to a place that is unknown.
“How can a country continue to conduct its affairs as if we are in a banana Republic? he said.
Secondus expressed satisfaction that
“Both sides (in Ogun PDP) came together, went to congress and conducted a very free and transparent election to elect a new EXCO for our party in Ogun state”.
Continuing, he said, “What can we say? That can only be God, because before now, the affair of the party in the state was filled with rancour, bitterness and division.
“Ogun state is going to take this example to other states to show that when leaders come together, they can always resolve their differences”, he said.
Responding on behalf of other members of the Ogun PDP executive, the newly elected Chairman, Alhaji Sikirulai Ogundele thanked Secondus and other NWC members for the support extended to them so far.
In the words of Ogundele, “We are here to thank you for all the support you have been giving to us in Ogun state.
“We represent the good people of Ogun state and we say a big thank you to the NWC.
“I brought greetings from Hon. Ladi Adebutu who is unavoidably absent today.
“We are here to familiarise ourselves with the NWC and we pray God to give the chairman more wisdom, knowledge and understanding that will lead us to success.
“There is no problem in Ogun PDP again. Today is a day that God has made”, he said.

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