….Accuses Makarfi of giving unfair advantage to Secondus
By Dirisu Yakubu
ABUJA-Former Minister of Education and national chairmanship aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Professor Tunde Adeniran on Monday, threatened to back out of the pact signed by him and his fellow aspirants recently, if the leadership of the party fails to provide a level playing field for all contestants.
Adeniran, who is one of the eight aspirants in the running for the plum seat stated this through the Director General of his campaign organization, Shehu Gabam at a press conference held at his campaign office in Abuja.
He also said the rationale for the signing of the pact by the chairmanship aspirants has since been violated.
Faulting the composition of the electoral committees and electoral appeal panels for the conduct of ward congresses for the 3-man ad-hoc delegates to the December 9 convention, Adeniran said he was not consulted, noting however that some loyalists of Secondus who have been campaigning for him, made the list.
He said, “There is lopsidedness in the composition of the list of the ad-hoc committee that was published last week. A particular State has members in that list and some of them are the leading campaigners for Secondus.
“We as campaign organization was not consulted to bring one or two persons and I am sure other aspirants were not consulted too. So we find it very funny and realized that the spirit behind the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was not respected by the party itself, not the aspirants. This is not a very good spirit; this is not a good leadership. Nobody has the monopoly of determining issues.
“From Rivers State, they have Senator George Sekibo, Hon. Austin Okpara, Dr. ThankGod Danagogo, Chief Kenneth Ubani and in all this, you can see Emeka Ihedioha leading the campaign for Secondus, on that ad-hoc committee list that was published.
“Now you have just one chairmanship aspirants having his men deeply entrenched in a system that would determine how the delegates will emerge. This is an indirect way of shortchanging other aspirants and this is not good for the party, ” he said adding that “We were not part of it, this is what the party did and published on their own.”
He berated those behind the scheme to impose a chairman on the party, stressing that they have been boasting all over the place of their chances at the delegate election.
“They say they have a unity list and that they have won the election even before the convention,” he lamented.
For the PDP to stand a chance of defeating the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2019, Adeniran said “The chairman of the party must go to the South-West, stating that
“Anyone who underscores the importance of the South West producing the next leader of the opposition, would be doing so at its own peril.
He added:”The chairmanship of PDP must go to the South west. By consensus, this chairmanship must go to the South west. Whoever emerged, so be it.”
While insisting that the PDP remains the party to beat, Adeniran called on “All organs and managers of the party to cede the chairmanship of the PDP to the South-West.”
He called on the leadership of the party to learn from its poor outing in the recently concluded Anambra governorship election, where the PDP placed third behind the APC and the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) in that order.