- The race for the Peoples Democratic Party chairmanship is gathering momentum
- The PDP has been cautioned to allow candidates in various positions in the party to emerge in a free and fair contest
- The Tunde Adeniran Campaign Organisation is of the view that a consensus candidate would not be ideal
The Tunde Adeniran Campaign Organization (TACO) has called on the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to be transparent in its process of electing the national chairman of the party in the upcoming December 9 national convention.
The director general of the campaign group, Alhaji Shehu Musa Gabam in a statement seen by NAIJ.com on Tuesday, November 7, said there are plans by some of the party leaders to have a consensus aspirant for the office of the national chairman.
According to him, TACO recognises consensus as one of the constitutional processes of electing leaders of the party, but its principal, Professor Tunde Adeniran, is not luring for it and would not oppose it if transparently reached, in line with a criteria that is acceptable to all aspirants.
Parts of the statement read: “Our attention have been drawn to frantic effort by some leaders of our party to have a consensus aspirant for the office of the national chairman of our great party.
“In as much as, we recognise consensus as one of the constitutional processes of electing leaders of our party and the right of all well meaning leaders of the party to meet and take decision in this regard.
“The Tunde Adeniran Campaign Organization (TACO), wish to categorically state that, we are not begging for consensus neither are we averse to it if transparently reached, in line with a criteria that is acceptable to all aspirants."
Gabam said the the popularity, qualities and capacity of its principal, Professor Tunde Adeniran, would give him an edge above other aspirants. to emerge victorious.
“We strongly believe in the popularity, qualities and capacity of our principal to emerge victorious. Therefore, we are not oppose to a transparent, free and fair election,” he added.
Meanwhile, an aspirant for the position of national legal adviser in the PDP, Chief Sunny Odey, has been endorsed by a youth group under the auspices of Partnership Advocacy for Sustainable Systems (PASS).
National coordinator of PASS, Comrade Solomon Ogar, stated that the group's support for Chief Odey was borne out of their believe that he has all it takes to galvanise the party structure and re-position it for greater performance and service to the people.
According to Ogar, he (Odey) has 31 years of active forensic legal and political experience, which he has demonstrated in defending the party in over 300 cases at different courts across the nation.
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