Southwest PDP In Crisis Over National Chairman Position

PDP headquarters in Abuja

A major crisis might be brewing in the Southwest chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) over the decision of the Board of Trustees (BoT) of the chapter to select some aspirants for the National Chairmanship ticket.

The BoT of the party had reduced the number of chairmanship aspirants from the Zone to three, with a promise to pick one of the trio as a consensus candidate for the office.

The PDP had zoned the position to the Southern part of Nigeria.

Shuibu Oyedokun, a member of the board, who signed a document on behalf of others, said those selected were Prof Taoheed Adedoja, one time Sports and Special Duties Minister, Olabode George, a former National Vice and Deputy Chairman of the Party, and Prof Tunde Adeniran, a former Education Minister.

However, the leadership of the PDP in the Southwest has dissociated itself from the alleged endorsement of some aspirants contesting the national chairmanship.

Act of impunity

The National Vice Chairman and regional chairman, Dr. Eddy Olafeso, in a statement made available to newsmen on Monday, described the claim by some aspirants as an act of impunity.

He said: ”The party will not support any action that will infringe on the fundamental rights of any party man to aspire to the highest position in the party.

”In furtherance of this, we affirm that all those gentlemen from the South West that wish to contest for the position of the National Chairman of the party are at liberty to continue to pursue their ambition without encumbrance or hindrance.”

Olafeso noted that the BoT members were resolute on their decisions not to interfere in the election by allowing all the aspirants to have equal right to contest.

The chairman stressed that the party was people-oriented and not the personal estate of a few, warning that the executive would not tolerate any act of impunity from anybody irrespective of status.

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