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PDP govs' push for Secondus as chair suffers setback

14 November 2017

PDP governors and other critical stakeholders' ‎of the party, including Board of Trustees (BoT) members, former governors and ex-ministers, had met in Enugu on Sunday to prepare grounds for the December 9 convention.

Though the meeting which started at 5.30 p.m. and stretched till midnight had planned to possibly reduce the number of aspirants from eight to possibly two or three, it failed to achieve the objective.

In a statement he personally signed in Abuja, Kashamu warned on the dangers of making the contest for the chairmanship of the party "a free for all", even as he called on party stakeholders to rise in defence of the interest of the PDP.

Speaking to reporters in the early morning yesterday after the meeting with chairmanship candidates in Enugu, Fayose, who is the chairman of the PDP Governors' Forum, said: "We put PDP first and PDP is first".

Fayose said: "Our aspirants, PDP chairmanship aspirants have agreed to work together, whosoever emerges as the chairman of the party will be supported by all of us".

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"We are leaving Enugu today, believing that that PDP will take over power in 2019; we have equally agreed, believing that we have all it takes to to take over Anambra in the November 18 governorship election", the governor stated. "I want to believe that Nigeria is of age to conduct elections that will be acceptable at home and overseas, and we want to believe that we will take the day on the 18th of this month in the Anambra governorship election", he said.

He said, "It is not hidden that prior to the emergence of the Senator Ahmed Makarfi-led National Caretaker Committee, a generally acceptable zoning of national EXCO positions have been reached; where the national chairmanship was zoned to the South, on the understanding that the next presidential candidate shall be of northern extraction". Ahmed Makarfi, all the PDP governors, except that of Ebonyi State, who was represented by the state deputy governor.

Tunde Adeniran; Ex-governor of Ogun State, Otumba Gbenga Daniel; Ex-governor of Oyo State, Rashidi Ladoja; Ex-PDP Acting National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus.

Flanked by other PDP governors, Fayose expressed the belief that the party would win Saturday's governorship poll in Anambra State.

The others were Kema Chikwe, former Senate President, Adolphus Wabara, Tom Ikimi, and Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu.

PDP govs' push for Secondus as chair suffers setback