Nyesom Wike, the governor of Rivers State, has explained why he advocated for the ouster of Prince Uche Secondus, the party’s previous national chairman.
He announced this on Friday in Port Harcourt during a live media interview.
The governor claimed that the action was taken in accordance with the Southern Governors’ Forum’s resolution from a number of meetings last year.
According to Wike, “in that meeting, it was agreed that whatever it is, President Muhammadu Buhari coming from the North has done eight years and therefore for inclusion the next president should come from the South.
“The next meeting was held in Lagos, where it was started clearly that this is what we must ensure. The final meeting was held in Enugu.
“We now said Secondus as the chairman of the party, you’re already running out your time and therefore you can’t go back because it’s the position of the south that the presidency should come to the south and the president cannot come to the south if you’re the chairman of the party.
“By constitution of the party, this is what is stated. It was not as if it was a personal thing.
“In order to allow our decision in the southern governors forum this has to be done.”
The Governor, however, said he was surprised to see that some of the governors who were conveners of the meeting started “shifting”, saying the chairmanship position should not be zoned.
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