- Jimi Agbaje says the PDP is not losing sleep over the number of its presidential aspirants currently
- Agbaje, a candidate for the governorship election on the platform of the PDP in Lagos in 2015, however, says free and fair convention can save the party
- Agbaje also condoles Governor Seriake Dickson over the death of his mother
Jimi Agbaje, the 2015 governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Lagos state, on Monday, September 3, urged the party to conduct free, fair and credible convention to avoid rancor ahead of the 2019 elections.
A statement by Fidelis Soriwei, a spokesperson of Seriake Dickson, obtained by NAIJ.com, quoted Agbaje as having stated this when he paid a condolence visit to the state governor, Seriake Dickson, in his Toru Orua country home.
The visit was to condole the governor over the death of his mother, Goldcoast Dickson, who died of lung cancer at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Centre, Houston, Texas, in the United States at the age of 72.
The statement quoted Agbaje as saying that if the accreditation of delegates, voting and the entire process of the convention were transparent and credible, it would not give room for conflicts and rancour within the party.
Concerning the issue of the many presidential aspirants within the PDP, Agbaje, said the beauty of democracy was about making choices among those presenting themselves for elective positions.
“Democracy is about choices. What normally creates a problem is when people feel the process isn't fair.
“If for example, on the day of the convention, accreditation goes well, there is no contest about who the delegates are and then people go out to vote peacefully, then the exercise will be seen to be free and fair.
“The idea of having many aspirants is good for our democracy. I don't think we should lose sleep if there are many aspirants,” he said.
Agbaje reportedly described the death of Dickson’s mother as painful in view of the close relationship that existed between her and her children including the governor.
He urged Governor Dickson to be consoled by the fact that his late mother lived an exemplary life.
Describing Governor Dickson as a friend and a good party leader, he expressed gratitude for his invaluable contributions towards promoting internal democracy within the PDP, particularly the supportive role he played during his governorship election in 2015.
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Governor Dickson thanked Agbaje for taking out time to visit his country home to commentate with family on the death of his mother.
He disclosed that the demise of his mother had created a huge vacuum in the family that would be difficult to fill.
NAIJ.com earlier reported that former Kano state governor and PDP presidential aspirant, Malam Ibrahim Shekarau, expressed confidence that the huge number of presidential aspirants vying for the party's ticket in the 2019 presidential election would not lead to the party’s implosion.
Shekarau, a former minister of education, stated this in a statement after a condolence visit to the governor of Bayelsa state, Seriake Dickson, on the demise of his mother, at his Toru-Orua country home in Sagbama local government area of the state.
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