AS the over 2,800 delegates from
the 36 states arrive Abuja for
tomorrow’s national convention
of the Peoples Democratic Party,
PDP, feelers within the party
indicates that the former deputy
national chairman, Prince Uche
Secondus, may emerge as the new
national chairman.
Prince Secondus’ chances were
heightened Wednesday night
when the chairmanship aspirants
from the South-West failed to
reach a consensus after a marathon
meeting held in Senator Rasheed
Ladoja’s house in Maitama, Abuja.
Nigerian Pilot gathered that the
meeting was convened to look
at the possibility of coming up
with a consensus candidate in
order to ensure the votes from the
South-West was not split at the
convention ground.
A source at the meeting
disclosed that only Senator Ladoja
agreed to step down in favour of
Prof Toaheed Adedoja, who is also
from Oyo State with the former
governor.
Ladoja was reported to have said
at the meeting and why he was
stepping down: “My ambition to
seek for the national chairmanship
position of our great party, the
PDP, is not in doubt, but l feel I
have to sacrifice this ambition for
the overall and collective interest
of the south west and Oyo state
to produce the next National
Chairman of PDP.
“Since the inception of this party,
the PDP, the South-West geopolitical
zone is yet to produce
the party’s national chairman and
I believe it’s now or never if the
party wants to make any serious
electoral impression in 2019.
‘’It is 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 through
consensus, so that we will not split
our votes and in the end lose out
in the political equation of our
great party,” he said.
Despite this plea, other aspirants
stood their ground and refused to
step down.
Consequently, they opted to go
to the convention ground to test
their individual popularity and
acceptability.
Apart from Ladoja, other
aspirants who attended the
meeting included Prof. Toaheed
Adedoja (Oyo), Prof. Tunde
Adeniran (Ekiti), Otunba Gbenga
Daniel (Ogun), Chief Olabode
George and Jimi Agbaje (Lagos).
This development did not go
down with a staunch member
of the party, Malàm Haruna
Bamali from Kaduna State, who
urged the South-West national
chairmanship aspirants to ensure
that a consensus candidate
emerged to brighten the chances
of the zone towards producing
the next national chairman of the
party.
Feelers from Wadata Plaza
national secretariat of PDP indicate
that the unwillingness of the
South-West national chairmanship
aspirants to pick a consensus
candidate is already working in
favour of Prince Secondus and High
Chief Raymond Dokpesi, the two
aspirants from the South-South zone.
All the aspirants have been
travelling round the country to
meet delegates in the most keenly
contested intra-party election in the
history of Nigeria.
Meanwhile, the PDP national
chairman, Senator Ahmed Makarfi
will today hold two separate
meetings with all the aspirants for
the various positions.
The first meeting will be
exclusively with all chairmanship
aspirants while the second meeting
will be with aspirants for other
positions and chairmen of state
chapters of the party.

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