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10 Aug 2016

PDP CRISIS: Agbaje Shuns Fayose, Mimiko, S'West PDP Leaders, Picks Chairmanship To Battles godfather, Bode George

Mr. Jimi Agbaje has finally picked the national chairmanship form of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP that will pitch him against his godfather, Chief Olabode George.

Agbaje Shuns Fayose, Mimiko, S'West PDP Leaders, Picks Chairmanship To Battles godfather, Bode George
The South-West chapter of the PDP yesterday picked Olabode George, as the consensus candidate for the national chairmanship position.

George was adopted at a meeting held at the Government House, Akure, Ondo State.

Those in attendance were Governors Olusegun Mimiko (Ondo), Ayodele Fayose (Ekiti), Mimiko’s deputy, Lasisi Oluboyo, Fayose’s deputy, Dr. Kolapo Olusola, George, Senator Iyiola Omisore, Chief Ebenezer Babatope, Alhaji Yekini Adeojo, Mrs. Olusola Obada, Chief Shuaibu Oyedokun, Chief Dare Adeleke, Hon. Ladi Adebutu, Prof. Tunde Adeniran, Prof. Taoheed Adedoja, Senator Teslim Folarin and others.

Before George’s adoption, the zonal caucus had zoned the chairmanship position to Lagos and Ogun States.

A six-man committee headed by Adeojo was set up to appeal to other aspirants to support George. The committee is expected to submit its report in 48 hours.

Already, Jimi Agbaje (Lagos), Gbenga Daniel (Ogun) and Adedoja (Oyo) had indicated interest in contesting for the chairmanship post at the party’s convention in Port Harcourt.

The meeting also agreed to zone the position of the deputy national publicity secretary to Oyo/Osun and national treasurer to Ondo/Ekiti.

Mimiko and Fayose spoke glowingly of George’s experience, charisma and loyalty to the party.

To the governors, PDP would be better served if George is elected as the national chairman, adding that it will be the first time a Yoruba man will be elected to lead the party since 1998

Lagos State Governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the 2015 election, Mr Jimi Agbaje has promised to restore the party’s winning magic at elections.

Agbaje said this while addressing journalists after he picked the nomination forms for the chairmanship position of the party in Abuja.

His words: “We accept that mistakes were made in the past in the PDP, especially with our internal democracy. So, we have to go back to the position of the founding fathers of our party on internal democracy.

“And that means that we have go back to our constitution. That is very important. We have to be more all inclusive as we have been thus far. It is about bringing people nearer rather than sending them far away from the party. Everybody must feel to be part of this party.

“What I bring to the table is that I am not a member of any faction or any tendencies. I am in a position to talk to everybody, to ensure that if you love the PDP, then it is time to come back to the zone.

“I will appeal to those who feel very strongly to join us because Nigeria cannot make the progress it deserves without a viable opposition and that PDP is going to provide that opposition as an alternative government and in a responsible manner.”

News Punch had earlier published that Jimi Agbaje is being sponsored by some power brokers in the PDPD and would contest against Chief Olabode George, his perceived godfather during the 2015 Lagos State governorship contest

The power brokers in the PDP were said to have picked Agbaje after extensive deliberations in the past weeks.

He was said to have received more vocal approval than several others considered for the job.

The party leaders were said to have mapped out a strategy to ensure that they are not openly seen to be working for Agbaje’s emergence.

Our source said the former governorship candidate will be made to seek the party’s nomination alongside others with all aspirants treated equally.

“But plans are afoot for massive mobilisation of delegates in the six geo-political zones for Agbaje’s candidature at the upcoming convention to ensure his emergence.

“His backers have decided not to persuade other aspirants to step down, in order to avoid recriminations that could ignite fresh crisis in the party,” the source added.
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