Mr Secondus, who hails from Rivers, was forced out of office in August 2021, a few weeks to the expiration of his tenure, after falling out with Mr Wike who had supported him to become the PDP chairman.
Mr Wike said, during a media chat in Port Harcourt on Friday, that Mr Secondus was asked to leave office in order to pave the way for the south to produce a PDP presidential candidate.
“In the final meeting in Enugu, we now say, Secondus, as the chairman of the party, you are already running out your tenure, and therefore you can’t go back (as the PDP chairman) because it is the position of the south that the president have to come from the south.
“And the president cannot come to the south if you (Secondus) are the chairman of the party,” Mr Wike said.
“So it was not as if it was a personal thing,” he added.
Mr Wike’s claim, however, contradicts the remarks he made in August that Mr Secondus was removed because he performed below the expectation of the PDP members.
The governor in the previous remark threatened to “crush” anyone who associated with Mr Secondus who is a political ally of Atiku Abubakar, the PDP presidential candidate for the 2023 election.
Mr Wike fell out with Atiku after he lostthe PDP primary to the latter.
“If anybody fights our system, we will fight the person back,” TheCable quotedGovernor Wike as saying in his August remarks.
“Let me tell you what you don’t understand in politics. The moment you claim to be working with us and tomorrow you shift to our enemy, we will take every might we have, we will even leave our enemy and finish you first.
“So all of you who are going back to Abuja to hold meetings with our enemies in the state, I’m going to finish you to the last. You can’t come here, gain from the state, be a contractor, get money then you move to Abuja to hold meetings against us and say I’ll leave you free, I’ll not leave you free.
“We removed a national party chairman who was not doing well. All of them were here, we all agreed, now they are going to Abuja to hold meetings with the man we removed, thinking that you will use that to fight us, we will crush them,” the governor reportedly said.
Mr Secondus, in his response to Mr Wike, told the governor that power was transient, and that he cannot crush anybody.
‘I’m still committed to PDP’
Meanwhile Governor Wike said at the Friday media chat he remains a committed member of the PDP, despite the crisis rocking the party.
The PDP has been enmeshed in a leadership crisis after its presidential primary in May.
Mr Wike’s group is demanding the resignation of the National Chairman of the party, Iyorchia Ayu, to achieve a “regional balance” since Messrs Ayu and Atiku are both from the north, but Mr Ayu has insisted he was elected for a four-year term.
The Chairman of the PDP Board of Trustees (BOT), Walid Jibrin, who is from Nasarawa State in the north, resigned a few days ago, apparently to placate Mr Wike and his group.
The Deputy Chairman, Adolphus Wabara, a former president of the Senate, from Abia State in the South-east, is now the acting BOT chairman.
However, Mr Wike’s camp, not impressed with Mr Jibrin’s resignation, has insisted Mr Ayu must step down from his position.
“I just want to say clearly that what I believe in and what I continue to stand for is justice and equity, it doesn’t matter whose interest is involved,” Governor Wike said at the Friday media chat.