The governors elected under the platform of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP are reportedly divided over the choice between Bode George and Jimi Agbaje for the office of national chairman.
Despite the confusion emanating from conflicting court orders restraining and affirming Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)scheduled convention, chieftains and ordinary faithful of the main opposition party in the country, will today elect new set of substantive national officers to administer the party for a statutory four -year tenure.
Leading contenders in the race for the exalted position of national chairman are two chieftains of the party from Lagos State: former Deputy National Chairman, Bode George and its governorship candidate in the 2015 general elections, Jimi Agbaje. The chairman emeritus of Daar Communications, Chief Raymond Dokpesi is believed to be waiting to reap from the backlash that would emanate from the clash of the major contenders from Lagos.
Ondo State governor and chairman of the PDP Governors’ Forum, Dr. Segun Mimiko is believed to be the arrow head of the campaign for the emergence of Chief George as national chairman, Daily Sun report says
But a party source disclosed that a certain governor from the South-south has been able to impress it on his colleagues in the zone and the South-east to line up their delegates behind Agbaje, our source says
“The governors believe they can relate well with Agbaje than his main rival,” the source said.
Also in the race are former Education Minister, Tunde Adeniran and a former Minister for Special Duties, Professor Taoheed Adedoja. Since the aspirants from the South-west where the position had been zoned could not agree on a consensus deal, today’s election is an open contest for the votes of delegates.
But Dokpesi has insisted on contesting for the position because it is zoned to the South, not South-west and his major support is said to come from his zone and some states in the North.