What Secondus Told PDP Leaders
Full Speech: Exactly one month today 27th January, 2020, the 88th National Executive Committee, NEC, of our party met and took far reaching decisions relating to the reform package of our party looking ahead. Some of this your decisions informed the summoning of this emergency NEC.
Your Excellences, great leaders of our party, I can report to you that between the last NEC and now our dear country is still at the cross road due to the now obvious inept leadership of the ruling All Progressives congress, APC. The security situation in the country has refused to abate and nothing concrete is being done by the government to ameliorate it and stop the senseless killing of innocent Nigerians.
Even when the National Assembly after reviewing the situation and asked the President to overhaul the security system for greater efficiency, the government has continued to demonstrate their insensitivity to the plight of the populace. Nigerians have never been as afraid of their lives as they are at moment in this country. It’s as bad as that.
In the North East the Boko Haram insurgency has returned fully and the President feels shocked that the sect still exists. We are already used to our President not knowing what is going on in the country even though as President the bulk stops on his table. The President may have been deceived by the intelligence reports from his field men who continues to indulge in propaganda of claiming that the sect has been defeated even when the situation is worsening with banditry and kidnapping spreading all over the states.
Nothing exposes the President’s insensitivity and distance from the reality and from the people like his shock that Boko haram still exists. But what do we expect when the President’s chief security Adviser are in loggerhead with the President’s number one aide, your guess will be as good as mine on why this administration cannot move this nation forward.
Restoration of Bayelsa
Great leaders of our party, between our last meeting a month ago and today a lot of water have passed under the bridge politically speaking. The Supreme Court of Nigeria has through its ruling restored victory to the party in Bayelsa state resulting in the swearing in of Senator Douye Diri as Governor of Bayelsa state. NEC formally welcomes his Excellency to the meeting. I should also report to you that Governor Diri has begun the genuine process of reconciliation in the state with a view to bringing the PDP in the state as one united family.
Update on Imo State
On the Imo state case which shook the nation to its marrow, the Supreme Court graciously accepted to review itself and this is still ongoing as the nation and indeed the international communities are anxiously waiting for jistice. The party leadership notes pressure from some victims of injustice at the court like Osun and Kano states but we are approaching every issue with absolute caution in relation to the weight of evidence.
It is also necessary to bring to the attention of NEC the fact that the process for the conduct of our party congresses in 26 states is ongoing and I can assure that the leadership is ensuring that we come out of it rancour free, stronger and more united in these states.
The big issues.
In conclusion your excellencies, leaders of our party, our country is in a very bad shape, the populace are groaning in pains and the government response is heaping of further pains on them. This country is sliding into bankruptcy.
Amidst the frightening insecurity accompanied by mass killings that has set fears on the people, what you get from government is multiple tariffs, VAT etc and continued indulgences in lies and propaganda.
The truth about this country is that Nigerians don’t really know who is in charge. It appears that governance is in autopilot with
government agencies in a free world harassing and intimidating perceived enemies.
The Judiciary which is a supposed sacred institution that midwives democracy has been put under intense pressure by agencies of government.
These are big issues and concerns capable of demoralizing us but I urge all not to despair because God is not finished with this country and with faith in him we shall overcome.
Prince Uche Secondus