By Dayo Johnson
Akure—THE Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the South-West has assured members of the party nationwide that it would produce the best national chairman ever in the 19-year history of the party.
The leadership of the party had zoned the position of the national chairman to the South West.
Its National Vice Chairman, South West, Dr Eddy Olafeso, also said the reconciliation moves embarked upon by the party would shoot the party back into reckoning and dislodge the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, in the 2019 general elections.
Olafeso, who spoke with newsmen in Akure, said, “We have met with the 19 states of the north comprising of the North West, North East and North Central, and they are all in favour of the South West producing the chairman of the party.
He said: “Since 1998 till date, the South West is yet to produce the chairman of the party. And giving our historical ability to swing votes during presidential elections, it is apposite for the PDP to ensure that this is done and for equity purposes.
“We say we are re-branding our party; every part of the country will be given the opportunity to contribute its own quota. We are doing that much and I am happy about the responses we have received from the three zones in the North, South East.
“We are working extensively on the South-South, and I am positive that in the end we will get to the point where the South West will produce the chairman of the party and we will be able to drive a new beginning of our party.”
He, however, warned some leaders from the northern parts of the country to stop sowing the seed of disunity in the party in the zone.
On the reconciliatory moves by the leadership of the party, Olafeso said it had started yielding positive results, urging Nigerians not to lose their faith in the party.
“We are making efforts to ensure that our past leaders who have been offended one way or another are being brought back to the fold.
“We did this successfully in Oyo State. We have spoken to Senator Ladoja who today is a bonafide member of the PDP; we also spoke to Seyi Makinde, who has returned and is contributing his quota to the development of the party.
“We have spoken to everybody, and the leaders have provided ample opportunities for us to be able to move on,” he added.
On Governor Ayodele Fayose’s presidential ambition, Olafeso said: “Let us be fair to Governor Ayodele Fayose. He made it abundantly clear that he is exercising his right as a citizen of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”
“ I did not see it in any constitution that he cannot run because you are from one zone.
Olafeso added that “But the truth remains that he understands that the party will eventually take decision on that; and I don’t think he is adverse to the party taking a decision which they think will be equitable to the position of the zoning system that is been in existence long before he run.agos PDP Mourns Caretaker Chairman
Lagos PDP mourns caretaker chairman
Some chieftains of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Sunday described the death of the party ‘s Caretaker Chairman in Lagos State, Chief Babatunde Solanke, as shocking.
Solanke died on Saturday at the Lagos State Teaching Hospital after slumping in a hotel in Ikeja.
The deceased had scheduled a meeting with some chieftains of the party in the state on the fateful day.
He has been buried in his home-town, Abeokuta, Ogun state.