PDP Crisis: Sheriff Names Replacement for Uche Secondus

A factional national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Ali Sheriff has appointed Cairo Ojougboh as the party’s acting deputy chairman to replace, Uche Secondus, who has since identified with the Ahmed Makarfi faction of the party, Premium Times reports.

Mr. Ojougboh is the immediate past national vice chairman, South-south of the PDP, but was one of the officials whose removal was announced at the last national convention held in Port Harcourt on May 21.

The letter announcing the appointment of Mr. Ojougboh, signed by Mr. Sheriff and his faction’s national secretary, Wale Oladipo, said “please be informed that the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party in a meeting held on the 28th of June 2016, and having received nomination from the Concerned PDP stakeholders (Abuja Convention Group) and major stakeholders in the South-south has appointed you (Ojougboh) as the Acting Deputy National Chairman of the party pending the conduct of election to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of the erstwhile Deputy National Chairman. This appointment takes immediate effect.”

The letter urged Mr. Ojougboh to discharge the functions of his office with dedication to ensure the progress of the party.

Nigeria’s major opposition party has continued to move from one crisis to another since its National Convention in May.

Mr. Sheriff had announced the cancellation of the convention, citing court orders, but the other leaders of the party went ahead to hold the convention and announced Mr. Sheriff’s sack.

The convention also appointed a national caretaker committee with a former Kaduna state governor, Ahmed Makarfi as acting chairman and Ben Obi as National Secretary.

Mr. Sheriff insists he remains the chairman of the PDP.



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