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Rivers State Governor Chief Nyesom Wike took a hit on the National President of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Prince Uche Secondus, describing him as someone who lacks the leadership skills to lead the party to higher heights.
The governor compared Secondus’ leadership to that of former All Progressives Congress (APC) national president Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, who he said plunged the country into chaos.
Wike made the claim in Abuja during the celebration of the 60th birthday of former Cross River State Governor Senator Liyel Imoke, which also marked the 10th anniversary of his founding, The Bridge Leadership Foundation (TBLF). as well as the 11th Foundation Career Day Conference.
He blamed Secondus for the current crisis in the party, pointing out that defections in Cross River State were the result of his lack of good leadership skills.
âSpeaking of leadership, unfortunately the National President (Secondus) left before I started. We should not be theoretical but practical in what we do. He goes to church, you see the pastor, you pontificate him. He leaves the church, he does something else. What’s wrong with this country: it’s leadership.
âIf he (Secondus) had shown leadership in Cross River, our party would not have had the problem we have today. The national president said that we need good leadership in the country, but if you don’t show good leadership, the party cannot produce good leaders. It’s the truth.
âWe’re talking about character. What is leadership? Leadership is about character, daring, selflessness and daring. As a leader, you must have character. Do not speak white in the morning and speak black in the evening. Is this leadership? What do we tell our young people? We are talking about the future of this country!
The governor called on young people to be bold, expressive and always stand on the side of the truth, as he noted that the future of the country was in their hands.
âOur young people must be bold. Basically, they should speak up. They must be bold. How many of us have dared to speak out from our party? Those who are bold, those who are righteous, those who have character, do you want them to exist? Certainly not, âsaid Wike, who described Secondus as someone who lacked the qualities of a good leader.
âLeadership means you have to decide whether to stand up for the truth or not. You have to decide whether to do the right thing or not. Leadership is the ability to say that the decision I made was wrong and I accepted that I was wrong and now I am able to correct it. There is nothing wrong with admitting you are wrong. This is one of the qualities of a leader: being able to identify when he is wrong.
He added that leadership relies on sacrifice, putting the interests of others above personal gain and enacting decisions that would move the party forward as he compared party chaos to All Progressives Congress (APC) when it was under the direction of Comrade Adams Oshiomhole. .
Earlier in his remarks, former Cross River State Governor Senator Liyel Imoke encouraged young Nigerians to leverage their influence and negotiate for power, as he noted that despite the influence that young Nigerians wielded both inside and outside of social media, they were unable to use their influence to gain political power.
He revealed that the reason young people were constantly sidelined by the government was the result of poor goals set by them before venturing into politics.
He said the influence of young people on social media was not enough, as African governments have always had some influence on how social media works.
âAnytime you think you have such power of influence for an activity, it must be for a purpose. It must be goal oriented. And until you become a part of this decision-making process, your effort will be just an effort.
âNext time, before you finish your influences, be sure to negotiate your way into the boardroom. When you get to the boardroom, you can influence politics there. Until you are in the meeting room, you can never influence change! You can make all the noise, you can have all the activity, you can have all the followers, but you won’t change the policy.
âNow is the time for a new generation to step into the boardroom; it’s time for a new generation to appreciate the importance of being bold. Nobody, none of us in front, or nobody there is going to move! No one will change by saying to you: “please make room for me, I am young, it is my time”.
âNobody left me room. At 30, no one left me room. It was a lot of work. But, good luck was that I wanted to be in the boardroom. The generation we are speaking to, 2023 offers you the opportunity to be in the boardroom; gives you the ability to take control and take charge. But, it’s a lot of work. Are you ready to deliver? Are you ready to do the right thing?
Imoke, however, reminded them that just as 2023 is nigh, it has provided them with yet another opportunity to step into political leadership to effect the change they longed for.
He noted that it is “not enough to be a member of an organization but also to be a member of the board of directors, because this is where things happen, unless you are on the board.” administration, you will stay where you are â.
Also present at the event were former Senate Presidents, Dr Bukola Saraki; and Anyim Pius Anyim; and the national president of the PDP, Prince Uche Secondus, among others.