PDP chair: George absent as 7 contenders sign pact
Seven contenders for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) national chairmanship yesterday signed a peace pact at the party’s national secretariat in Abuja.
Those who signed the pact were a former Minister of Education, Prof. Tunde Adeniran; ex-governor of Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel; ex-governor of Oyo State, Rashidi Ladoja; former Acting National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus; ex-governorship candidate in Lagos State, Jimi Agbaje; broadcast mogul, Chief Raymond Dokpesi and exMinister of Sports and Special Duties, Prof. Taoheed Adedoja.
However, the ex-Deputy National Chairman of the party, Chief Bode George, who was absent is expected to also sign the document today.
The peace agreement was signed just as Aliyu Usman and Farouk Adejo obtained nomination forms to contest the offices of deputy national chairman and national publicity secretary of the party.
Speaking during the signing of the pact, the chairman of PDP Caretaker Committee, Senator Ahmed Makarfi, said the essence of the accord was to ensure that the contenders behaved in a non-violent manner before, during and after the convention.
Makarfi, a former governor of Kaduna State, said the caretaker committee would ensure a level playing field for all the aspirants and guarantee a transparent convention.
He said that Chief Bode George had told party stakeholders during their meeting, Sunday, in Enugu that he wouldn’t make it yesterday but pledged to sign the document today.
Speaking on behalf of the contestants who signed the pact, a former governor of Oyo State, Ladoja, assured that the aspirants would abide by the terms of the accord and asked the NCC to ensure a transparent process.