PDP govs fail to agree on next national chairman

Alicia Farmer
November 14, 2017

A former National Vice Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, South-West, Chief Ishola Filani, has warned that the December 9 National Convention would either make or mar the future of the party.

Though the meeting which started at 5.30 p.m. and stretched till midnight had planned to possibly reduce the number of aspirants from eight to possibly two or three, it failed to achieve the objective.

Sources at the meeting which ended in the early hours of yesterday, told our correspondent in telephone interviews that Governors Nyesom Wike (Rivers), and Ayo Fayose (Ekiti), insisted that other aspirants ‎should step down for Secondus.

Fayose said that the governors met to deliberate on the forthcoming national convention and discussed with the chairmanship aspirants.

He urged stakeholders to ensure a candidate from the South-West emerged as the National Chairman of the party for the first time to avoid the death of the party in the zone.

Fayose, while speaking at the end of the meeting on Monday, said the PDP governors had agreed to work with whoever emerged chairman at a free, fair, transparent and credible convention. "We are leaving Enugu believing that we will take power at the centre in 2019".

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Towards the forthcoming Anambra Governorship election holding on November 18, Fayose disclosed that "We equally believe that we have what it takes to take over Anambra".

He said, "It is not hidden that prior to the emergence of the Senator Ahmed Makarfi-led National Caretaker Committee, a generally acceptable zoning of national EXCO positions have been reached; where the national chairmanship was zoned to the South, on the understanding that the next presidential candidate shall be of northern extraction".

The party's national chairmanship aspirants present included Chief Olabode George, Jimi Agbaje, Gbenga Daniel, Tunde Adeniran, Rasheed Ladoja, and Taoheed Ladoja, all from the South-West.

The others are Ebonyi Governor, represented by his deputy, and Serike Dickson of Bayelsa.

Party leaders present at the meeting were the Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekeweremadu, Senate Minority Leader, Godswill Akpabio, former Jigawa State governor, Sule Lamido, former Anambra State governor, Peter Obi, former Benue State governor, Gabriel Suswam, former Foreign Affairs Minister, Chief Tom Ikimi, Ambassador Kema Chikwe, and former Senate President, Adolphus Wabara.

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