There is palpable tension in the political firmament of Rivers State as Governor Nyesom Wike is currently in an alleged battle of supremacy with his long time ally and national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Uche Secondus over choice of candidates in the forthcoming council polls.
Reports say both Uche Secondus and Gov. Wike have clashed over the choice of candidates for the Andoni Local Government chairmanship seat.
It was gathered that the national chairman, Secondus had preferred the incumbent chairman of the council, one Paul Lawrence to fly the party’s flag but in a shocking turn of events, the incumbent’s name didn’t make it to the final list of the party’s flag bearers of the council polls.
Unfortunately for Secondus, his preferred candidate was swapped for one Erastus Awortu, who was cleared to fly the party’s flag in Andoni for the local government election slated for April 17, 2021.
It was reported that trouble started when Lawrence’s name was found missing from the list of cleared candidates. Surprisingly however, when Lawrence flew to Abuja on a visit to his political godfather, Secondus, he returned to Port Harcourt to pick the form to contest for chairmanship under another political party, the Alliance for Democracy.
There are already print media materials in circulation, indicating his membership and candidcacy of the Alliance for Democracy.
Former leader of the Rivers State House of Assembly and strong political ally to Governor Wike, Dr Chidi Lloyd was also cleared to contest the chairmanship position of Emohua Local Government Area.
This is coming a few days after the former chairman of the local government council was impeached by two third majority of the legislative council.
Eight out of the current 23 local government chairmen have been endorsed to fly the party’s ticket while 15 were not so fortunate.
The governor, in recent times have repeatedly said that only a few of the 23 council chairmen would make it back to office, as they would need to show evidence of executed projects to be eligible for endorsement.