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PDP totters over Fayose’s demand for south west chairmanship

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“Fayose created a scene at the session by being vehement on the South West getting the PDP chairmanship slot. He said in the history of the PDP, the zone had not led the party.” – Source

The Peoples Democratic Party [PDP] is at the verge of another upset as certain elements within the party structure are throwing tantrums over which zone gets which position.

One such player is Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti who is insisting that the South West should get the PDP chairmanship slot. 

According to Ndibe.org, he said that in the history of the PDP, the zone had not led the party; hence all the more reason his zone deserves the slot.

Meanwhile, top leaders of the party have raised an 18-man search team for a credible member  as the next  National  chairman of the  party, as well as other positions.

The party’s National Convention has been tentatively fixed for March. 

There were  indications that  the Acting  National  Chairman of the  PDP, Uche  Secondus, and  most members of the National  Working  Committee  (NWC), including  the embattled  National Publicity Secretary, Olisa  Metuh, will not  be voted back  into office. 

Before he was put on trial for alleged N400million fraud, Metuh was  said to be  aspiring to be the next National  Organizing  Secretary of the  PDP.

It was gathered that a secret meeting was held in Lagos in a desperate bid to avoid being ‘checked out’ discreetly by security  operatives if held  in Abuja. 

At the session  last Saturday  were the Deputy  President of the  Senate, Ike  Ekweremadu,  Governors Ayo  Fayose, Olusegun Mimiko, Ibrahim  Dankwambo,  Ishaku Darius,  Prof. Benedict  Ayade and the  Deputy Governor  of Abia State,  Ude Oko  Chukwu. 

Others included  ex-Governors  Abdulkadir Kure,  Donald Duke,  Jonah Jang,  Obong Attah and Achike Udenwa;   the Senate  Minority Leader,  Godswill  Akpabio; the  Minority Leader  in the House of  Representatives,  Leo Ogor; serving Senators and  members of the  House of  Representatives;  ex-Ministers  Suleiman  Abubakar,  Tanimu Turaki  and Osita  Chidoka.

The session  focused on how  to reposition the  party ahead of  2019; win back  the confidence  and sympathy of  Nigerians; and  elect a new  National  Chairman with  credibility,  integrity and clout to lead the  PDP back to  power in the next election. 

The meeting was, however, stormy on which geopolitical zone  will produce the  next chairman of  the party.

While Governor  Ayo Fayose  insisted on South  West getting the  slot, some  leaders prefer the North West  producing the  new chairman  because the PDP  has suffered  more  membership  depletion in the  North than any  zone. 

A source said:  “Fayose created a scene at the session by being vehement on the South West getting the PDP chairmanship slot. He said in the history of the PDP, the zone had not led the party. 

“Most leaders reminded Fayose that South West was the only  region that had produced the  longest serving  President since  1999 which is  bigger than party chairmanship.

“When Fayose was being unapologetic, some members of the House of  Representatives  accused him of  getting rude. 

“In fact, a former governor reminded Fayose that he was at a PDP session and not any meeting  in Ekiti.” 

Another source said: “Some of us  did not blame  Fayose for  fighting for the  South West. He has been  consistent in  making a case for his zone which he has been warning us that it is  strategic to the  PDP’s victory in  future. 

“Fayose felt that the PDP should  also win back the  South West  which supported  the opposition  party to defeat  the PDP in the  2015 presidential  poll.”

After heated  debates, all the  leaders at the  session said the  choice should be  left open to all  the geopolitical  zones. 

A former  governor said the leaders decided  to “raise an  18-man search  team for a  capable hand to  lead the PDP. 

“Each of the six  geopolitical  zones will have  three  representatives in the search team.  Their mandate is  to look for a new  face for the PDP  who can  reorganize and  lead the struggle  for the party to  return to power  in 2019.

“Our present preoccupation is to get a new chairman who must have credibility and  integrity to lead  the new  opposition party.  We don’t mind where such a good candidate comes from. 

“If the candidate is from the North or South, the zoning of the Presidential ticket of the PDP in  2018 will  determine  whether or not  such a person will step down later.” 

Although the list  is growing, some  of the names  being  recommended to the search team  in the last few  days are a former President of the  Senate, Chief  David Mark,  ex-Minister of  Special Duties,  Tanimu Turaki  (SAN), and  another  ex-President of  the Senate, Ken  Nnamani. 

As more names  were being  suggested to the  team last night, it was learnt that  Dr. Doyin Okupe,  who was a former Special Adviser  on Media and  Publicity to  ex-President  Goodluck Jonathan has  shown interest.

A third source  said: “Definitely,  it is certain that  in March, we will  do away with  most members of the present  National Working Committee  (NWC) because  they are  disunited, they  have grounded  the party and  they failed to  deliver in 2015.

“We cannot ask them to repeat  the ballot  examination.”

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