PDP Chairmanship Race: Daniel, Agbaje, Aderemi Withdraw, Ladoja Steps Down for Adeniran

Former Ogun State Governor, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, has stepped down from the People Democratic Party chairmanship race.
Daniel in a letter to the party, said he voluntarily withdrew from the chairmanship race so that the party can collectively elect good leaders for the purpose of winning elections in 2019.
Also, former governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in Lagos State, Jimi Agbaje has withdrawn from the race.
In a letter addressed to the Chairman of the National Convention Planning Committee dated December 8, Agbaje said he painfully decided to withdraw from the race hoping that others will join him in bringing down the number of candidates such that the South-West can have a fighting chance of clinching the National Chairmanship of the PDP.
“Our great party, the Peoples Democratic Party, has, from inception, adopted certain principles, which have evenly balanced offices amongst the country’s geo-political zones. In line with such and other parameters, I have, at different fora, expressed my strong belief that the next National Chairman should come from the South-West.
“I am however convinced that with 7 out of all 9 aspirants coming from the South-West, this multiplicity of contenders will work to the detriment of our zone when it comes to voting. Delegates’ votes split 7 ways will not produce a chairman from the South-West. It therefore becomes necessary to prune our number down to no more than two.
“The support from serving and past governors, senators, members of the House of Representatives, women, youth and opinion leaders has been tremendous. While sincerely thanking them for their unflinching loyalty, I empathize with the great disappointment they must feel at this decision. I plead that we all put the overall interest of PDP first.
“I pledge my support to whoever emerges as the National Chairman as determined at the National Convention,” Agbaje stated.
Meanwhile, former Oyo State Governor Senator Rashidi Ladoja, said he is withdrawing from the contest for Prof. Tunde Adeniran.
In a statement, Ladoja said: “At the close of nominations, seven aspirants from the South-West Zone obtained and returned nomination forms for the position of the national chairman of our great party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
“From consultations with stakeholders from various zones, we gathered that from all zones, the stakeholders who preferred to back the South-West zone for the position, suggested that we should prune down the number, if possible, to one person.”
Ladoja who a couple of weeks ago returned to the PDP, argued that given the support of the North for the South-West; it was only expected that the zone will reciprocate to make the dream a reality.
“The Northern stakeholders went to the extent of stating clearly in a communique, after their meeting, their preference for a South West Candidate.
“To reciprocate these laudable gestures, meetings of the seven aspirants were held with Senator Rashidi Ladoja as the convener on Wednesday 6th, Thursday 7th, Friday 8th and Saturday 9th December, 2017 with the sole aim of agreeing on a consensus candidate. We all agreed that the chances of one person winning are better than those of seven people who are likely to divide the votes coming to the zone.
“Since then, Mr. Jimi Agbaje, Chief Olabode George, and Mr. Olusegun Aderemi have withdrawn from the race.
“Accordingly I am of the opinion that Professor Tunde Adeniran should become our consensus candidate for the South-West zone.
“I am hereby appealing to all lovers of the South-West Zone to support the candidature of Professor Tunde Adeniran to clinch the position of the national chairman of our great party, the PDP,” the statement added.

Author: News Editor

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