8 chief­tains jos­tle for PDP chair­man­ship

Daily Trust - - FRONT PAGE - By Saawua Terzungwe

So far, seven stal­warts of the Peo­ples Demo­cratic Party (PDP), all of them from the South­ern part of the coun­try, have com­menced moves to clinch the chair­man­ship

po­si­tion of the party, Daily Trust has learnt. This is se­quel to the de­ci­sion of the Sen­a­tor Ahmed Makarfi-led national care­taker com­mit­tee to zone the po­si­tion to the South, ahead of the party’s con­ven­tion slated for Au­gust 17.

A for­mer national of­fi­cer of the party from the South, who is also eye­ing the seat, told our cor­re­spon­dent, yes­ter­day, that he has all it takes to change the for­tunes of the party.

He added that other con­tenders for the post in­clude a for­mer deputy national vice chairman of the party, Chief Bode Ge­orge; the im­me­di­ate national vice chairman of the party, Prince Uche Se­con­dus; the im­me­di­ate past national vice chairman (South-south), Dr. Cairo Ojoug­boh; and a me­dia mogul, Chief Ray­mond Dokpesi.

He said a for­mer gover­nor­ship can­di­date of the PDP in La­gos State, Mr. Jimi Ag­baje, Pro­fes­sor Tunde Adeni­ran and Sen­a­tor Bode Ola­jumoke may likely con­test for the chair­man­ship.

Our cor­re­spon­dent gath­ered that of all the as­pi­rants, only Dr. Ojoug­boh is from the Sen­a­tor Ali Modu Sher­iff fac­tion of the party, even as the rest have aligned with the Sen­a­tor Makarfi-led national care­taker com­mit­tee.

Chief Bode Ge­orge had on Mon­day, in La­gos, con­firmed that he will vie for the chair­man­ship.

But, in an in­ter­view with Daily Trust, Dr. Ojoug­boh said the planned Port-Har­court con­ven­tion “is il­le­gal”.

It was gath­ered that chief­tains of the party from the South-West are ag­i­tat­ing to fill the chair­man­ship slot on the grounds that their re­gion was never en­trusted with the revered of­fice since the emer­gence of the PDP in 1998.

It was also learnt that the South-West and South-East are in­ten­si­fy­ing strate­gies to se­cure the 2019 vice pres­i­den­tial ticket.

Sen. Ahmed Makarfi

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