PDP National Chairman: Candidates Fail to Agree on Consensus, to Sign Peace Accord
The next substantive national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) must now emerge through a ballot at the party’s convention slated for December 9 after 11 governors elected on the party’s platform failed to convince the candidates for the position to reach a consensus on who should occupy the seat.
The PDP governors had gathered in Enugu on Sunday to screen and interact with the 8 candidates for the party’s top position, a process that extended into Monday.
Some of the candidates who met with the PDP governors included Bode George, Gbenga Daniel, Uche Secondus, Tunde Adeniran and Jimi Agbaje. Others were Taoheed Adedoja, Raymond Dokpesi and Rashidi Ladoja.
Also in attendance at the meeting were the Chairman of the party’s National Caretaker Committee, Sen. Ahmed Makarfi, all the PDP governors, except that of Ebonyi State, who was represented by the state deputy governor.
Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu; a former President of the Senate, Adolphus Nwabara; and former governors Gabriel Suswan and Sule Lamido were equally present.
Each aspirant for the position of the PDP national chairman was given 20 minutes to state his programmes for the party and thereafter asked questions by the governors led by chairman of the PDP Governors Forum, Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti state.
One of the aspirants, who spoke on condition of anonymity said, “We were asked to present our manifesto.
“We were also asked about our programmes for the party and how we would handle the issue of internal democracy. We also spoke on how to generate funds for the party.
“Some of the governors also asked us how we would handle the ruling party, the All Progressives Congress.”
Following their inability to reach a consensus on who should be the party’s next chairman, the aspirants were directed to return to the party’s headquarters on Tuesday to sign a peace accord.
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.
Punch reports that the Ekiti governor, who said the PDP would be victorious at the forthcoming Anambra governorship polls and the 2019 general elections, also called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to conduct the forthcoming Anambra governorship election in a free-and-fair manner “that will not only be credible but seen as credible and acceptable by all.”