AHEAD of the December 9,
National convention of the
opposition People’s Democratic
Party, PDP, one of the aspirants
for the National Chairmanship
slot, Sen. Rasheed Adewolu
Ladoja has agreed to step down
from the race in order to boost
the electoral chances of Prof
Taoheed Adedoja from Oyo state
thereby brightening the chance
of south west geo- political zone
to produce the next National
chairman of the party.
Sen. Ladoja, announced his
decision to step down during a
marathon meeting held amongst
aspirants from the zone in Abuja
yesterday Wednesday hosted
by him, saying his decision was
based on his conviction that the
south west must produce the
next National Chairman of the
party for the sake of equity and
fairness. It was also gathered
that all the deputy chairmanship
aspirants from south-west have
withdrawn from the race in the
overall interest of South West and
the party.
‘”My ambition to seek for the
National Chairmanship position
of our great party, the PDP, is
not in doubt, but l feels l have
to sacrifice this ambition for the
overall and collective interest of
the south west to produce the
next National Chairman of PDP.
“Since the inception of this
party, the PDP, the South West
geo- political zone is yet to
produce the Party’s National
Chairman and l believe is now or
never if the party wants to make
any serious electoral impression
in 2019.
‘’it is a against this backdrop
and conviction that my stepping
down will boost not only the
chances of our zone, but garner
up more votes for the zones
preferred candidate.
‘’I therefore urge my other
brothers to do likewise and
let’s support a candidate that is
acceptable and non controversial.
It was reliably gathered that
other aspirants though welcome
Ladoja’s gesture, but still insisted
that all must go to the field to test
their popularity and acceptability.
Other aspirants who attended
the meeting include Prof.
Taoheed Adedoja (Oyo),Prof.
Tunde Adeniran (Ekiti),Otunba
Gbenga Daniel (Ogun),Chief
Olabode George and Jimi Agbaje
(Lagos).
It will be recalled that the PDP
had earlier zoned the position of
the party’s National Chairman
to the south, but the South-west
are yet to produce a National
Chairman.
Also in the from the Southsouth
are High Chief Raymond
Dokpesi( Edo ) and Uche
Secondus (Rivers ).
However, with this
development, a staunch member
of the party, Malàm Haruna
Bamali from Kaduna state has
therefore urged the South West
National Chairmanship aspirants
to ensure that a consensus
candidate emerges to brighten
the chances of the zone towards
producing the next National
Chairman of the party.

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