Some leasers of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the South West geo-political zone of the country have urged party leaders and members of the party to support the Southwest to produce the next national chairman of the party.
The appeal came from a former PDP National Vice Chairman (Southwest), Chief Ishola Filani, a governorship aspirant on the platform of the party for the coming governorship election in Ekiti state, Amb Dare Bejide and a factional National Vice Chairman (Southwest), Chief Makanjuola Ogundipe.
Filani explained that the national PDP chairmanship position had been zoned to the Southwest during the May 2016 national convention of the party wondering why some interest groups are working against the agreement to support Southsouth’s candidacy.
They spoke at the inauguration of Bejide’s campaign office in Ado-Ekiti just as Bejide spoke against the adoption of Prof Kolapo Olusola as the sole candidate of the party by Governor Ayo Fayose in the state’s governorship election next year.
Bejide described the governor’s action as an “imposition that will not be allowed to stand", saying Olusola’s adoption is “dead on arrival, immoral, illegal and irresponsible.”
Filani, who commissioned the campaign office, argued that “PDP national chairmanship had not been occupied by the Southwest while every other geopolitical zone had occupied it.
“We discover of late that our brothers in the Southsouth said they want to contest for the national chairmanship. We want to appeal to our brothers that the Southwest will support the Southeast to grab the vice presidency zoned to the South.
“God will forbid a situation in which our (national) chairman, after being elected at the convention will be having an EFCC case hanging on his neck for him not be sent back to jail.”
Bejide, while condemning Olusola’s adoption, promised to provide good governance through his seven-point development agenda adding that he will never be a “Governor-General” but he will be a “servant-governor.”
The PDP leaders also condemned Fayose’s alleged support for the candidacy of Prince Uche Secondus from the Southsouth for the post of the national chairman ahead of the December 9 national convention.