Governors and leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have failed to arrive at a consensus for the party’s national chairmanship position in readiness for the December 9 convention.
The leaders, who met on Sunday in Enugu at the end of their seven hours closed-door meeting, were unable to adopt a consensus chairmanship aspirant.
The meeting, which started at about 5:30pm and lasted till midnight, had planned to reduce the number of aspirants from eight to two or three.
The party leaders agreed to work and support whoever emerges as the National Chairman among the eight aspirants seeking to lead the PDP for the next four years.
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 emerges as the party’s chairman.
Addressing newsmen at the end of the meeting, Governor Fayose said the atmosphere and team spirit that was shown demonstrates the party’s resolve to return to power by 2019.
“Our chairmanship aspirants have agreed to work together. Whosoever emerges as the chairman of the party will be supported by all of us. We met in Enugu State 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 template for other parties,” he said.
“And we are leaving Enugu today (Monday) believing that the PDP will take over power by 2019.
“We have equally agreed, believing we have all it takes to takeover Anambra and I believe that our people in Anambra, the Anambrarians have worked very hard, they deserve victory. And we are using this opportunity to ask that that election must be credible, not only credible but seen to be credible.
Out of the eight chairmanship aspirants, South-west had six, while South-South had two.
Those from South-west are: Bode George, Jimi Agbaje, Taoheed Adedoja, Tunde Adeniran, Rasheed Ladoja, Gbenga Daniel while Raymond Dokpesi and Uche Secondus are from the South-south.