Uche Secondus

• Tejuoso declares senatorial ambition, supports direct primaries
• Says President persuaded him to remain in ruling party

The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Uche Secondus, has alleged that corrupt persons are mobilising and ganging up to use their illicit wealth to re-instal President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress (APC) come 2019.

The PDP chairman, who spoke at the PDP’s national campaign office at Legacy House, Maitama in Abuja during the inauguration of the party’s campaign council for Osun State September 22, 2018 gubernatorial election, said the worst form of corruption is rigging of election and buying of votes, which he alleged the APC had been perpetuating in our polity.

“Enough is enough, PDP will not tolerate Osun being rigged like Ekiti. We have a popular candidate and the performance of the APC ruling government has been awful with months of workers’ salaries owed.

“We decided to set up this high-powered committee to demonstrate the importance we attach to this election. All our presidential aspirants and some state governors are members plus all other critical stakeholders from South-West and other parts of the country.

However, Chairman of the 85-member committee, Senate President Bukola Saraki, has charged the President to stand on the commitment he made recently to two world leaders who visited the country that he would conduct a free, fair and credible election and use Osun as example.

Saraki said that aside the popularity of the PDP candidate in Osun State, the people are yearning for a change to return their state to the PDP.

In another development, the senator representing Ogun Central Senatorial District, Lanre Tejuoso, yesterday declared that he would only part ways with the APC if Buhari leaves the party.

Tejuoso was one of the senators who defected to the PDP few weeks ago but later changed his mind following intervention by Buhari.

The second-term senator, who spoke with journalists in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, while declaring his intention to re-contest the seat, said he remains in the party and that he is not a politician that moves around.

He said after his defection with others, the President called him and persuaded him to rescind his decision, an action he referred to as a great honour to him.

Tejuoso, who supported direct primaries at the national and state levels, said direct primaries would help the country’s democracy to mature.

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