- Party bigwigs in the PDP favour Secondus and Adeniran for the chairmanship position because they seem to be capable of adapting to trying situations
- The fate of Chief Olabode George who is the most experienced of all the chairmanship aspirants in unclear
- Jimi Agbaje decries the decision taken by the southwest PDP to shut him and two others out of the race for chairmanship
The contest for the position of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) national chairman may have been narrowed down to a former deputy national chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, and a former education minister, Tunde Adeniran.
The Nation reports that the two candidates may have gotten the backing of some party bigwigs for strategic political reasons.
According to investigations by the newspaper, the two candidates were favoured by power brokers because they seem to be capable of adapting to trying situations.
While Adeniran reportedly has the support of a sizable number of elders of the party, particularly from the north, Secondus enjoys the backing of Rivers state governor, Nyesom Wike.
Meanwhile, the fate of Chief Olabode George, a former deputy national chairman (southwest) who is the most experienced of all the chairmanship aspirants in unclear.
The newspaper states that the major power brokers in the party consider him too hot to handle.
The nation reports that another candidate, Jimi Agbaje, who was favoured for the position of chairman in the party’s botched 2016 convention may be losing grounds as his supporters in the southeast and south-south have turned their backs on him.
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In a related news, Jimi Agbaje has decried the decision taken by the southwest PDP shutting him and two others out of the race.
The two others excluded from participating in the chairmanship race are former governors of Oyo and Ogun state Senator Rasidi Adewolu Ladoja and Otunba Gbenga Daniel.
According to Nigerian Tribune, the former Lagos PDP governorship candidate, said the party should have ensured a level-playing field and also learned from its immediate past history by not engaging in impunity.
The PDP chairmanship aspirant, speaking through his director, media and publicity, Felix Oboagwina, said this is a democracy therefore party members should be allowed the right to decide who should be their next chairman and not for anybody or group to hijack the process for whatever reasons.
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