…Our party weak in South West — Daniel
…Secondus woos Lagos delegates
By Dapo Akinrefon, Dayo Johnson & Daud Olatunji
lagos—A chairmanship aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Chief Bode George has ruled out the possibility of the South West presenting a consensus candidate for the position saying party delegates should decide who should represent them.
This came as another aspirant, Prince Uche Secondus appealed to delegates of the party in Lagos to vote according to their conscience.
Also, former governor of Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel has said he decided to join the race to rescue the party.
George said this in Ondo State while meeting with 59 delegates of the party in the state.
Responding to a question on the possibility of reaching a consensus candidate after meeting with the delegates, George said “the time is a bit too late and I am talking very frankly about it. Let the people use their conscience to think about who they want to direct their ship.”
He noted that “you know because the party is in quagmire, it has been in a state of faux, those who could have been in a fatherly position are no longer there and if I have to judge by my own movements, the other aspirants must have spent a lot of time, physically, health wise and financially. So there is no more time for such an arrangement.”
Secondus woos Lagos PDP
Meanwhile, Secondus, who was in Lagos, yesterday, said he was on a mission to empower state chapters of the party.
While acknowledging Bode George as his boss, the aspirant vowed to support George if he emerges national chairman of the party.
He said: “Chief Bode George is my boss, a man of timber and calibre from Lagos State who is also vying for the position of chairman. We have a vision to rebuild our party, to reposition it and to recover lost ground. We are selling our vision to the people of Nigeria especially the people of Lagos. We aren’t involved in mudslinging or bring down syndrome or blackmail. We cannot be involved in attacking each other.
“Our daddy, Bode George is my boss and father to us all. I believe that the choice is left for the people to make. I also believe that he is competent and able to lead the party. If he is the people’s choice, I will give him my support. Every individual is allowed to make a choice. Nobody will be forced to vote for aspirants. Everybody should vote freely.”
Our party weak in S’West — Daniel
Also, Otunba Daniel said he decided to vie for the national chairmanship of PDP, to rescue the party and reposition it.
Daniel, who spoke yesterday in Abeokuta while addressing PDP stakeholders and delegates in Ogun State, ahead of the party’s convention said: “the PDP national chairmanship has gone beyond individual agenda but a South West agenda.”
He noted that PDP is weak in the South West unlike in the South East, South South and north, saying the southwest must come together and ensure the zone clinches the position of national chairman.
He also said his intention “is to empower the state chapters. We want to give the state chapters the opportunity to take their destiny in their hands by choosing their candidates.
“It is not by way of sentiments that the position of chairman was zoned to the southern states, if it were otherwise that the party ordered that position remains in the South-West, I would not have come out because I am party man. I am a team player.”
IBB, Jonathan, others behind my ambition—Daniel
Meanwhile, Otunba Danile said he decided to vie for the national chairmanship of PDP, to rescue the party and reposition it.
Daniel spoke on Sunday in Abeokuta while addressing PDP stakeholders and delegates in Ogun State, ahead of the party’s convention said: maintained that “the PDP national chairmanship has gone beyond individual agenda but a South West agenda.”
Daniel, noted that PDP is weak in the South West unlike in the South East, South South and north, saying the southwest must come together and ensure the zone clinches the position of national chairman.
He said, “Our party is very weak in the southwest. We only have a governor in Ekiti State and we should pray that we retain the state in 2018. In the South-South, South-East and in the north, PDP has more than one governor and the north that has two governors, has even zoned the presidency in 2019 to the region. So, the only thing left for southwest is the position of the national chairman.