The Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has called on leaders of the South West geo-political zone to be prepared to contest the chairmanship of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, next year.
According to him, producing a national chairman from the zone is not negotiable, as anything to the contrary will be unacceptable.
In a statement on Sunday by his Special Assistant on Public Communication, Lere Olayinka, the governor noted that notable leaders and stakeholders from the zone must forge a common front to attain the goal.
Mr. Fayose also maintained that installing a new chairman from the Northeast for the party at the moment was a waste of time. He noted that the party’s acting chairman, Uche Secondus, should be allowed to serve out the tenure of his predecessor, Adamu Mua’zu.
“Since the PDP will pick its presidential candidate from the North in 2019, the Southwest that has not produced the party’s National Chairman should take the position next year,” he said.
“Rather than going about canvassing for the completion of the Northeast tenure as National Chairman of the party, what party leaders from the North should be concerned with is who will be presented as the presidential candidate in 2019,” he said.
“Since the presidential candidate will come from the North, the chairman will naturally come from the South and it should be southwest.”
A PDP youth leader in the state, Afoke Akporua, had chastised the governor for his position, declaring that the interim chairman’s position was illegal and unknown to the constitution of the PDP.
Mr. Akporua had asserted that allowing the interim chairman to continue would
deprive the Northeast members of the right to complete their tenure. He urged the party to cede the position back to the zone.
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