National convention 'll make or mar PDP, ex-Vice Chair warns

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.

Former National Vice Chairman (Southwest), Chief Ishola Filani; governorship aspirant in Ekiti State, Ambassador Dare Bejide and factional National Vice Chairman (Southwest), Chief Makanjuola Ogundipe, urged party leaders and members to support the Southwest to produce the next PDP National Chairman.

He said it was after a stormy closed-door session that the governors called all the eight aspirants to speak on their plans for the PDP if given the mandate.

"We are leaving Enugu today, believing that that PDP will take over power in 2019; we have equally agreed, believing that we have all it takes to to take over Anambra in the November 18 governorship election", the governor stated.

Governors at the meeting were Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (Enugu), Okezie Ikpeazu (Abia), Darius Ishaku (Taraba), Ibrahim Dankwambo (Gombe), Emmanuel Udom (Akwa-Ibom), Ben Ayade (Cross River), Ifeanyi Okowa (Delta), Seriake Dickson (Bayelsa), Nyesom Wike (Rivers), while Ebonyi State was represented by the deputy governor.

Also in the meeting were former governors Gabriel Suswam, Godswill Akpabio and Sule Lamido.

The meeting was also attended by former External Affairs Minister, Tom Ikimi; former minister, Kema Chikwe; former Senate President, Adolpus Wabara and incumbent Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu. Tunde Adeniran; Ex-governor of Ogun State, Otumba Gbenga Daniel; Ex-governor of Oyo State, Rashidi Ladoja; Ex-PDP Acting National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus.

He said: "As we agreed in Enugu, whoever wins, let us come out from the national convention stronger".

Chief George praised the PDP founding fathers for their originality and wisdom as established in the zonal balancing, noting that his 10 years service at the National Secretariat has adequately prepared him for the job of the National Chairman.

He also alleged that Makarfi has cleared the way for Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state to impose a candidate from the South South as the party chairman during the forthcoming national convention of the party. reports that Secondus is one of the front-runners for the office of the national chairman of the party at its national convention slated for December 9 in Abuja.

Vanessa Coleman