PDP chairmanship: What Fayose, Jimi Agbaje discussed

Posted on Oct 20 2017 - 1:35am by admin

Ekiti State Governor, ​Ayo Fayose has reiterated his position​ ​that those aspiring to be the National Chairman of the Peoples​ ​Democratic Party (PDP) in the Southwest zone must come together and​ ​present a single candidate​.

He maintain​ed​ that “it​ ​won’t be in the collective interest of the Southwest zone to present​ ​six aspirants at the convention as we presently have.”

Fayose said this while receiving one of the aspirants, Jimi Agbaje,​ ​who paid him a visit in Lagos on Wednesday​.

H​is words:​ “​c​hairmanship​ ​aspirants from the Southwest must come together and allow one person​ ​to fly the flag. It will be like crashing before take-off if we take six aspirants to the convention.”

Fayose urged ​the Lagos PDP governorship candidate in 2015 to pursue​ ​his aspiration with decorum and make sure that the PDP and Nigeria​ ​remained the major reasons for the aspiration and not personal​ ​interests​.

​“A situation where we have aspirants that​ ​already have president aspirants will not augur well for the party.

“We held a meeting with other chairmanship​ ​aspirants on Monday, and it is expected that a follow up meeting will​ ​be held very soon. I urge you (Jimi Agbaje) to attend the meeting so​ ​that we can forge a common front together. This is because the​ ​Southwest zone cannot go to the convention with more than five aspirants as we now have and expect to win.

“Most importantly, as the only PDP governor in the Southwest, I cannot​ ​be going round with all of you (aspirants) to solicit for support,” he said.

​In his remark, ​Agbaje said he came to the governor to​ ​formally inform him of his decision to run for the PDP national​ ​chairmanship position.

“As the only PDP governor from the Southwest, I have come to formally​ ​inform Your Excellency that I will be seeking election as the National​ ​Chairman of our great party, the PDP.

“I am of the opinion that it will be inappropriate for you to get to​ ​know about my aspiration in the media, hence, my decision to come here​ ​​and tell you formally,” Agbaje said.

While describing himself as “the best man for the job,” ​the aspirant added, “If not for what happened at the August last year’s convention,I would have clinched the chairmanship position then and I am​ ​confidence that I will emerge as the chairman this time around.”

​He promised​ to attend the next meeting with other​ ​aspirants from the Southwest so as to jointly forge a common front​.

“​T​here is no desperation in my aspiration. Rather, it is​ ​the PDP that matters,” he assured.

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