Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has stated why he championed the removal of the former National Chairman of the party Prince Uche Secondus.
Wike said this during a live media chat held in Port Harcourt on Friday.
The governor said the move followed the resolution of the southern governors’ forum during a series 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.