PDP Chair­man­ship As­pi­rants Sign Un­der­tak­ing to Abide by Out­come of Con­ven­tion

Of­fend­ing as­pi­rants risk dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tion Ge­orge ab­sent at event

THISDAY - - NEWS - Onye­buchi Ezigbo in Abuja

Chair­man­ship as­pi­rants of the Peo­ples Demo­cratic Party (PDP) yes­ter­day en­tered into an agree­ment to ob­serve fair-play rules as rolled out by the party’s lead­er­ship.

The agree­ment pro­vides for the dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tion of any of the as­pi­rants that runs afoul of the peace deal.

Highlights of the peace ac­cord signed by the as­pi­rants in­cluded a com­mit­ment to sup­port who­ever emerges win­ner among them.

The agree­ment states that no as­pi­rant shall leave the party or en­cour­age his or her sup­port­ers, pro­mot­ers to do so, as a re­sult of the out­come of the na­tional chair­man­ship elec­tion at the elec­tive Na­tional Con­ven­tion;

It fur­ther stip­u­lates that : “Any breach of the 2015 zero ex­pen­di­ture pol­icy of the party, which pro­hibits the use of mone­tary in­duce­ment in­clud­ing lodg­ing of del­e­gates and pro­vid­ing money for votes, shall not be tol­er­ated in the 2017 Na­tional Elec­tive Con­ven­tion and shall be a ground for dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tion on or be­fore the 9th De­cem­ber, 2017;

“Any as­pi­rant/spon­sor/ sup­porter/fi­nancier, proven to have done any­thing con­trary to the agree­ments reached herein and in cir­cum­stances that sug­gest the knowl­edge of the un­der­signed per­sons shall be dis­qual­i­fied from con­test­ing the na­tional chair­man­ship elec­tion.”

How­ever, a pre­con­di­tion that com­mits the as­pi­rants to the deal is that the process should be trans­par­ent, free and fair in ac­cor­dance with the pro­vi­sions of the con­sti­tu­tion of the party and guide­lines of the elec­tive Na­tional Con­ven­tion”

Six of the eight as­pi­rants were present at the ac­cord sign­ing cer­e­mony, which was presided over by the Chair­man of the PDP Na­tional Care­taker Com­mit­tee, Sen­a­tor Ahmed Makarfi.

For­mer Deputy Na­tional Chair­man, Chief Ola­bode Ge­orge was said to have in­formed the party elders in Enugu last Sun­day that Tues­day would not be suit­able for him but promised to sign the doc­u­ment when­ever he re­turns, for­mer Min­is­ter of Sport and So­cial De­vel­op­ment, Prof. Tao­heed Ade­doja, came af­ter oth­ers had con­cluded the cer­e­mony and also signed the deal.

Sen­a­tor Makarfi said be­fore the sign­ing cer­e­mony that the pres­ence of the as­pi­rants was an in­di­ca­tion that they were work­ing to­gether.

“You have re­solved that who­ever that is crowned by God and elected by the del­e­gates will be ac­cepted by you. PDP has not done this be­fore.

“No mat­ter the di­ver­gent in­ter­ests, the over­all in­ter­est of the party pre­vails. That is a sign of great­ness and a vin­di­ca­tion of good things to come,” Makarfi stated.

He dis­closed that the ac­cord and code of con­duct were drawn up by the as­pi­rants them­selves but only pre­sented to the party lead­er­ship.

Makarfi, how­ever, ad­vised that in order to save time and for early con­clu­sion of the con­ven­tion, some less com­pet­i­tive po­si­tions could be re­solved within the zone “so that po­si­tions that are com­pet­i­tive can be con­ducted.”

He as­sured the party that no­body would be ex­cluded from con­test­ing at the con­ven­tion while pledg­ing a trans­par­ent, free and fair elec­tion.

Ladoja who spoke on be­half of the as­pi­rants promised that the De­cem­ber con­ven­tion would be a car­ni­val, as­sur­ing them that none of the as­pi­rants will leave the party be­cause of the con­ven­tion so far it is trans­par­ent.

“It is usual in pol­i­tics that peo­ple should fight for po­si­tions and it is an aber­ra­tion that when you lose, you leave. When you join the party, you did not join to be­come the chair­man or sec­re­tary but to be a mem­ber.

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