- The race for the national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is getting interesting as the days go by
- All the candidates for the position have been doling out their qualities to convince delegates of the party about to vote them
- They have also agreed to work for the success of whoever emerges as the chairman among them
The eight contenders for the national chairmanship of the PDP have agreed to work with any of them elected at the party’s national convention on Saturday, December 9.
Chairman of the PDP Governors Forum, Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti state, made the disclosure at a news briefing in the early hours of Monday, November 13 after a five and half hour closed door meeting in Enugu state.
Fayose said that the governors met to deliberate on the forthcoming national convention and discussed with the chairmanship aspirants.
According to him, the forthcoming PDP convention will serve as template for future conventions in the country.
His words: “We put PDP first and PDP is first. We are leaving Enugu believing that we will take power at the centre in 2019.”
Fayose flanked by other PDP governors expressed the belief that the party would win the November 18 governorship poll in Anambra.
“We believe we will take over Anambra if the election is free, fair and credible. Nigeria is of age to conduct election that is acceptable internationally,” he said.
Governors at the meeting were, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, Enugu; Okezie Ikpeazu, Abia; Darius Ishaku, Taraba; Ibrahim Dankwambo, Gombe.
Others were Emmanuel Udom, Akwa-Ibom; Ben Ayade,Cross River; Ifeanyi Okowa, Delta; Seriake Dickson, Bayelsa; Nyesom Wike, River, while Ebonyi was represented by the deputy governor.
NAN reports that of the eight chairmanship aspirants, southwest had six, while South-south had two.
They are: Bode George, Jimi Agbaje, Taoheed Adedoja, Tunde Adeniran, Rasheed Ladoja, Gbenga Daniel, Raymond Dokpesi and Uche Secondus.
NAN also reports that former governors at the meeting were Gabriel Suswam of Benue and Godswill Akpabio of Akwa-Ibom.
The meeting was also attended by former external affairs minister, Tom Ikimi, Kema Chikwe, former Senate President Adolpus Wabara, and incumbent Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu. (NAN)
Meanwhile, the national caretaker chairman of the PDP, Senator Ahmed Makarfi, has disclosed that aspirants with pending cases in court will not be disqualified from contesting the national chairmanship position.
Markafi made the declaration while responding to questions from newsmen on Saturday, November 11 in Kaduna, when Otunba Gbenga Daniel alongside his campaign entourage paid him a courtesy visit.
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