PDP chairmanship slot not yet zoned to South West- Oyo Caretaker Committee Chair, Tunde Akogun

Posted on Oct 19 2017 - 9:57pm by admin

Chairman, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Caretaker Committee in Oyo State, Hon. Tunde Akogun has declared that the position of National Chairman of the party is yet to be zoned to South West as being speculated in some quarters.

Akogun while clearing the air on the rumour that the slot was supposed to be occupied by the South West, noted that the position was meant to be occupied by anybody from the Southern part of the country and not specifically for South West.

He dropped this hint shortly after chairing a caretaker committee members’ meeting held in Ibadan on Wednesday.

The meeting, DAILY POST reported yesterday was called to fine tune ways of ensuring smooth forthcoming Ward, Local and State congresses of the party billed to take place on Saturdays; October 21, 28 and November 4th.

Akogun while speaking with reporters however assured that adequate arrangements have been made to ensure that the party recorded success in the forthcoming congresses.

DAILY POST recalls that some leaders of the party in the zone after their meeting held in Ibadan recently resolved that the only thing that can make the party relaunch itself fully ahead of 2019 elections was to uphold the Port Harcourt zoning decision which conceded National Chairmanship of the party to the South West.

But, Akogun while speaking on the request noted that anyone from the South either from South West or South South is free to contest and occupy the position.

He said, “I know that at the end of the day, they are going to confirm at the party headquarters level whether is really zoned to South West or South South.

“Really, the prayer was that we are going to appeal to the headquarters to specifically zone it to South West but is it still in the South.

“We have make all the adequate arrangement to conduct a free and fair, in terms of procedures, totally acceptable, flawless ward executives that will come out next Saturday and this will assist us to start a good beginning as in claiming governance both at states and federal levels.

“We have all these in the constitution, how things should be done in totality, from, at congress level and even after, and hopefully we have a team coming from Abuja who will look at if there are any dispute and resolve them and make whatever will come out as result, not only in Oyo State here even at national level.

While answering a question on recent declaration of former Governor of Oyo State, Senator Rasidi Adewolu Ladoja to contest the National Chairmanship of the party, Akogun said the former governor has right to contest since he was a member of the party.

“I see, he is a member of our party, every member of the party in Southern Nigeria have right to contest, we hope it will not be like a market thing.”

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