National chairmanship aspirant, Uche Secondus has denied being anyone’s stooge.
In a statement signed by Taiye Garrick, on behalf of Secondus Campaign Organisation, the politician said “Our attention has been drawn to news reports alleging clandestine moves by some powerful forces to impose Prince Uche Secondus as the national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party.
“We want to categorically declare that there is no iota of truth in that reports.
“Our candidacy depends on endorsement and votes of delegates at the forthcoming national convention.
“We want Nigerians and members of the party to note that the position of national Chairman was zoned to the Southern region comprising of three zones.
“Prince Secondus has every legitimate and legal rights to aspire forthe office of National Chairman.
“We also want to put on records that since launching his ambition, Prince Secondus has been reaching out to delegates across the 36 states, seekingtheir votes and presenting his agenda for revival of the party ahead of2019.
“Throughout this period, no member of Board of Trustees has openly endorsed him as they have done for some other candidates.
“No state governor hasopenly endorsed him so far even though some aspirants claimed support ofsome governors.
“Where then is the plot to impose Secondus? Just recently, some members of Board of Trustees openly endorsed someaspirants.
“The Secondus Campaign Organisation did not raise any eyebrow.
“Rather than waiting for any group endorsements, we have been campaigningday and night across the six zones, selling our redemption messages to PDP delegates.
“We urge all aspirants to get ready for the National Convention and stopgame of distractions.
The delegates assembledwill cast their votes for anaspirant of their choice in the full glare of the public. Nobody can imposeany aspirant in a free and fair contest.
“We also want to affirm that Prince Secondus remains the most qualified for the chairmanship going by his antecedents before and after the crisis that nearly killed the party.
“He is bold and pushful alongside with his great blueprint to return the PDP to power in 2019.
“The forthcoming convention is our great opportunity to complete the redemption started at the Port Harcourt mini convention.
“We must elect realcommitted party members into the upcoming National Working Committee.
“In this clarion call, we urge delegates to support Prince Secondus, the man ofundiluted loyalty, unflinching determination for PDP revival and unparralled qualification for PDP leadership”, the statement read.