The eight contenders for the National Chairmanship of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have agreed to work with any of them elected at the party’s National Convention on Dec. 9. Chairman of PDP Governors Forum, Gov. Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti, made the disclosure at a news briefing in the early hours of Monday after a five and half hour closed door meeting in Enugu.
Fayose said the governors met to deliberate on the forthcoming national convention and discussed with the chairmanship aspirants. According to him, the forthcoming PDP convention will serve as template for future conventions in the country.
“We put PDP first and PDP is first. We are leaving Enugu believing that we will take power at the centre in 2019.” Fayose flanked by other PDP governors expressed the belief that the party would win the Nov. 18 governorship poll in Anambra. “We believe we will take over Anambra if the election is free, fair and credible.
“Nigeria is of age to conduct election that is acceptable internationally,” he said. Governors at the meeting were, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, Enugu; Okezie Ikpeazu, Abia; Darius Ishaku, Taraba; Ibrahim Dankwambo, Gombe. Others were Emmanuel Udom, Akwa-Ibom; Ben Ayade,Cross River; ifeanyi Okowa, Delta; Seriake Dickson, Bayelsa; Nyesom Wike, River, while Ebonyi was represented by the deputy governor. Of the eight chairmanship aspirants, South-west had six, while South-South had two. They are: Bode George, Jimi Agbaje, Taoheed Adedoja, Tunde Adeniran, Rasheed Ladoja, Gbenga Daniel, Raymond Dokpesi and Uche Secondus.
Former governors at the meeting were Gabriel Suswam of Benue and Godswill Akpabio of Akwa-Ibom. The meeting was also attended by former External Affairs Minister, Tom Ikimi, Kema Chikwe, former Senate President Adolpus Wabara, and incumbent Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu.