Nigeria News: Who Becomes PDP National Chairman?
Nigeria news takes a look at who becomes PDP National Chairman in its forthcoming national convention.
In less than a month, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP will hold its national convention, precisely on December 9.
It is going to be an elective convention to choose new executives that will launch the party towards the 2019 general election.
The ultimate aim of the party is to take over the power it lost to the All Progressives Congress, APC in 2015 and to achieve this, PDP will need vibrant leadership.
Having crawled out of litigations that nearly threw the party into obscurity, the party’s National Caretaker Committee, led by Ahmed Makarfi is bent on electing credible people that can stop APC in 2019.
Currently, there are eight national chairmanship aspirants with six of them from the southwest and the other two from south-south regions of the country.
In the southwest, such politicians as Otunba Gbenga Daniel, Chief Bode George, Rasheed Ladoja, Jimi Agbaje, Professor Tunde Adeniran, Taoheed Adedoja have shown their interest in the party’s chairmanship seat.
In south-south, the Chairman of Daar Communications, Chief Raymond Dokpesi and Uche Secondus have thrown their caps in the ring for the bout.
However, despite their interests, Daniel is the only aspirant that is visibly campaigning as shown by his tour of the north and some parts of the eastern Nigeria.
Adeniran is more visible among some influential members of the party like Professor Jerry Gana and former Deputy Senate President Ibrahim Mantu.
Adeniran operates silently. Like the former Lagos State PDP gubernatorial candidate, Mr Jimi Agbaje, the professor appears with no imperfection.
Daniel has a case bordering on money laundering with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, even though, he said that his problem with the EFCC would not at all affect his running for the PDP chairmanship.
The former Ogun State governor is optimistic that he is the most qualified to lead the PDP in 2019 election.
Chief Bode George’s past may haunt him, having been convicted but now enjoys government’s pardon, he does not have the best of the chance to win the PDP national chairmanship poll.
Ladoja is another gladiator, the former Oyo State Governor also has a case with EFCC and coupling with his record of impeachment, it stands no strong chance to win the election.
Dokpesi’s N2.1 billion fraud from the arms deal as exposed by the Federal Government may count against his election as PDP searches for a man of integrity and undented records.
Perhaps that was why the PDP governors met with the aspirants in Enugu on Monday behind closed doors.
The Chairman of the PDP Governors’ Forum, the Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose told journalists after the meeting that the party would support whosoever emerged as its national chairman.