PDP chair: Ge­orge ab­sent as 7 con­tenders sign pact

Daily Trust - - BUSINESS - By Saawua Terzungwe

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.

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