PDP Gov­er­nors Fail to Agree on Con­sen­sus Chair­man

Vow to win Anam­bra gu­ber poll

THISDAY - - FRONT PAGE - Christo­pher Isiguzo in Enugu

Af­ter a closed-door meet­ing that lasted for more than seven hours in Enugu, gov­er­nors elected on the plat­form of the Peo­ples Demo­cratic Party (PDP) Sun­day night failed to ar­rive at a con­sen­sus on the party’s chair­man­ship po­si­tion, prepara­tory to the De­cem­ber 9 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.

In the place of a con­sen­sus, the meet­ing presided over by the chair­man of PDP Gov­er­nors’ Fo­rum and Ek­iti State gov­er­nor Ayo Fayose ex­tracted a com­mit­ment

from the as­pi­rants to sup­port who­ever fi­nally emerges as the party’s chair­man at the con­ven­tion.

Ad­dress­ing news­men at the end of the meet­ing, which also had in at­ten­dance no­table party lead­ers and seven out of the eight chair­man­ship as­pi­rants, Fayose said the at­mos­phere and team spirit that man­i­fested in the meet­ing demon­strated the party’s re­solve to take over power by 2019.

“Our as­pi­rants, PDP chair­man­ship as­pi­rants, have agreed to work to­gether, so that whoso­ever emerges as the chair­man of the party will be sup­ported by all of us.

“We met at the Enugu Gov­ern­ment House to de­lib­er­ate on our na­tional con­ven­tion and we took time off to meet with the chair­man­ship as­pi­rants, be­liev­ing that we want to have a con­ven­tion that all par­ties in Nige­ria will em­u­late; a con­ven­tion that will rep­re­sent the word democ­racy and serve as a tem­plate for other par­ties.

“We have re­spon­si­ble peo­ple vy­ing for the of­fice of chair­man of the PDP na­tion­ally and we are on one page and the page is the PDP first and PDP first.

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

Fayose fur­ther dis­closed that the gov­er­nors were look­ing for­ward to the party’s vic­tory in the Novem­ber 18 gu­ber­na­to­rial elec­tion in Anam­bra State, not­ing that the party ex­pected noth­ing less than a cred­i­ble, free and fair elec­tion.

“We have equally agreed, be­liev­ing we have all that it takes to take over Anam­bra and I be­lieve that our peo­ple in Anam­bra, the Anam­brar­i­ans have worked very hard, so they de­serve vic­tory.

“We are us­ing this op­por­tu­nity to ask that the elec­tion must be cred­i­ble, not only cred­i­ble but seen to be cred­i­ble. I want to be­lieve that Nige­ria is of age to con­duct elec­tions that will be ac­cept­able at home and abroad, and we want to be­lieve that we will take the day on the 18th of this month in the Anam­bra gov­er­nor­ship elec­tion,” he said.

The gov­er­nors had seg­mented the meet­ing, be­gin­ning with party lead­ers, the as­pi­rants, and fi­nally with the Chair­man of the Care­taker Com­mit­tee, Ahmed Makarfi and Na­tional Sec­re­tary, Chief Ben Obi.

Present at the meet­ing were Gov­er­nors Nye­som Wike (Rivers), Udom Em­manuel (Akwa Ibom), Okezie Ik­peazu (Abia), Ben Ayade (Cross River) and Henry Sari­ake Dickson (Bayelsa).

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.

The party’s chair­man­ship as­pi­rants at the meet­ing were for­mer Min­is­ter of Spe­cial Du­ties, Tao­heed Ade­doja, for­mer Min­is­ter of Ed­u­ca­tion, Tunde Adeni­ran, for­mer Deputy Na­tional Chair­man of the PDP, Bode George and a for­mer act­ing Na­tional Chair­man of the party, Uche Se­con­dus.

Oth­ers in­cluded for­mer gov­er­nor of Ogun State, Chief Gbenga Daniel, a for­mer PDP gov­er­nor­ship can­di­date in La­gos State, Jimi Ag­baje and Chief Ray­mond Dokpesi.

Party lead­ers present at the meet­ing were the Deputy Pres­i­dent of the Sen­ate, Sen­a­tor Ike Ekew­ere­madu, Sen­ate Mi­nor­ity Leader, Godswill Ak­pabio, for­mer Ji­gawa State gov­er­nor, Sule Lamido, for­mer Anam­bra State gov­er­nor, Peter Obi, for­mer Benue State gov­er­nor, Gabriel Suswam, for­mer For­eign Af­fairs Min­is­ter, Chief Tom Ikimi, Am­bas­sador Kema Chikwe, and for­mer Sen­ate Pres­i­dent, Adol­phus Wabara.

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