National convention 'll make or mar PDP, ex-Vice Chair warns

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Briefing journalists at the end of a stretchy meeting of the governors with select major stakeholders at the Government House, Enugu, Fayose also disclosed that the y also met with the Chairmanship aspirants of the party who have unanimously agreed to support whomever that emerged as Chairman at the December 2017 National Convention of the party.

Though the meeting which started at 5.30 p.m. and stretched till midnight had planned to possibly reduce the number of aspirants from eight to possibly two or three, it failed to achieve the objective.

Each aspirant for the position of the PDP national chairman was given 20 minutes to state his programmes for the party and thereafter asked questions by the governors led by chairman of the PDP Governors Forum, Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti state.

In a communiqué issued yesterday, Governor Fayose said all the aspirants agreed to work together, adding that the meeting was aimed at fashioning out a way for the party to have a successful convention.

In a statement he personally signed in Abuja, Kashamu warned on the dangers of making the contest for the chairmanship of the party "a free for all", even as he called on party stakeholders to rise in defence of the interest of the PDP. "With also took time out to meet with our Chairmanship aspirants, believing that we are going to have a convention that all other political parties would emulate - convention that would represent the word, democracy, and serve as template for other political parties", he said.

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"We have responsible people vying for the office of the PDP National Chairman. We are leaving Enugu believing that we will take power at the centre in 2019".

The governors had segmented the meeting, beginning with party leaders, the aspirants, and finally with the Chairman of the Caretaker Committee, Ahmed Makarfi and National Secretary, Chief Ben Obi.

The meeting was well attended by the governors of Akwa Ibom, Cross River, Rivers, Bayelsa, Delta, Abia, Ebonyi, and Ekiti states.

Others were Ex-PDP Deputy National Chairman, Chief Bode George; Ex-governorship candidate in Lagos State Jimi Agbaje and Chief Raymond Dokpesi.

Other party leaders present at the meeting were former Senate President, Adolphus Wabara; Senate Minority Leader, Godswill Akpabio; former governor of Benue State, Gabriel Suswam; former Governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi, and former Minister of Aviation, Dr Kema Chikwe.