Nigeria News: The Unending Crisis In PDP
Nigeria News take a look at the fresh crisis towards the PDP national convention on December 9
For 19 months after the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP was defeated at the Federal level by the All Progressives Congress, APC the former ruling party has been entering and getting out of one problem or another.
Asides the prosecution of many of PDP prominent members over fraud allegation by the ruling APC government, the PDP drowned itself in litigation over leadership tussle.
Not until this year that the Supreme Court gave the final verdict between the former PDP National Chairman, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff and the Chairman of the party’s National Caretaker Committee, Senator Ahmed Makarfi of who could lead the party, PDP could not put its house in order.
And since Makarfi took control, his leadership capacity will be put to a serious test in less than a month when the party will be holding its elective national convention.
Precisely on December 9, PDP will elect the new national chairman and other members of its national executive to be supervised by Makarfi.
About eight aspirants for the national chairmanship have signified their intention and from feelers, consultations are going on among the aspirants on who would submit to the other before the convention.
The PDP governors met with the aspirants to reach a consensus on a candidate in Enugu but none of the aspirants was ready to drop his ambition for the others.
They resolved with the governors led by the Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose to test their stamina at the convention.
The candidates, the former Governor of Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, former Minister of Education, Professor Tunde Adenira, former PDP Southwest National Deputy Chairman and a member of the party’s Board of Trustees, Chief Bode George, Former Oyo State Governor, Rasheed Ladoja are the aspirants from the southwest.
From South-south, the aspirants are the Chairman of Daar Communication, Chief Raymond Dokpesi and Chief Uche Secondus.
Regardless of the party’s position that the national chairman should come from the southwest, aspirants from other regions are battle ready to test their popularity.
As the December 9, draws closer, some of the aspirants have begun to accuse Makarfi of bias. They said that the chairman of the caretaker committee was trying to favour Secondus from south-south so as to fulfil his own personal presidential ambition.
One of the aspirants, Professor Oyediran lamented, “The way things are going suggest that Makarfi is backing Secondus.”
Also, George accused Makarfi of taking a side in the forthcoming convention, calling on him to resign his position.
He said that Makarfi would be a biased umpire in the election and is not fit to supervise the convention.
Commenting, Makarfi described the two aspirants as mere noisemakers who want to tarnish his image because he failed to dance to accept their bids.
He said he was not in support of any aspirant but would provide a level playing ground for all the party members and aspirants to choose their leaders.