Tuesday, 21 November, 2017

PDP govs fail to agree on next national chairman

Uche Secondus Prince Uche Secondus
Patty Aguilar | 14 November, 2017, 10:44

Enugu - The 11 Governors of Peoples Democratic (PDP) are in a close door meeting in Enugu with the eight national chairmanship aspirants of the party ahead of the December 9 national convention of the party.

Though the meeting which started at 5.30 p.m. and stretched till midnight had planned to possibly reduce the number of aspirants from eight to possibly two or three, it failed to achieve the objective.

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.

‎The Aspirant debunked the speculations making the round that the meeeting was deadlocked, said that it was a family meeting conducted under a peaceful atmosphere under the Chairmanship of the Ekiti State Governor, Chief Ayodele Fayose, the Chairman of the Forum.

"We have responsible people vying for the office of the PDP National Chairman".

Apparently sensing danger ahead of the convention, Kashamu in a statement he personally signed and released in Abuja, warned that the idea of the chairmanship of the party being made "a free for all", could work against the interest of the PDP.

"And we are leaving Enugu today believing that the PDP will take over power by 2019", he said.

Towards the forthcoming Anambra Governorship election holding on November 18, Fayose disclosed that "We equally believe that we have what it takes to take over Anambra".

"We are using this opportunity to ask that the election must be credible, not only credible but seen to be credible".

Others included Ifeanyi Okowa (Delta), Ayo Fayose (Ekiti), Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo (Gombe), Darius Ishaku, (Taraba), the host, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi and the deputy governor of Ebonyi State, Eric Kelechi Igwe.

Those at the meeting were All the 11 PDP Governors except that of Ebony State, David Umahi, who was represented by his deputy; National Caretaker Chairman of the party, Ahmed Makarfi, Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremmadu, and Senate Minority Leader Godswill Akpabio as well as the PDP Chairmanship aspirants.

The major South-South contestants, Prince Uche Secondus and High Chief Raymond Dokpesi are eminently qualified for the National Chairmanship of our party, except for the process and implications of a unilateral imposition.

Others are Former governors Sule Lamido, Gabriel Suswam and Peter Obi; senators Adolphus Wabara, Ben Obi, Jena Choker, as well as Chief Tom Ikimi among several others.

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