A former Minister of Education, Tunde Adeniran, has joined the race to emerge as the next national chairman of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
Mr. Adeniran on Wednesday said he had committed himself to lead the PDP, and reclaim its national glory.
Ahead of the party’s national convention in Port Harcourt next month, Mr. Adeniran a professor of Political Science, urged the delegates and leaders of the party to entrust him with the responsibility of being the national chairman to ensure its rebirth and the enthronement of good governance in the country.
Mr. Adeniran, who spoke through his media aide, Yemi Akinbode, said the task ahead of the PDP and Nigeria required “fortitude and experience to help the party achieve its objectives”.
A founding member of the PDP who has remained with the party since its inception and served in various capacities, Mr. Adeniran appealed to delegates to the forthcoming national convention to support his candidacy given his wealth of experience serving the party and the country meritoriously over the years.
Mr. Adeniran, who is also a former ambassador of Nigeria to Germany, said he was certain that as committed leaders of the PDP, “you do appreciate the great need of the party for the wealth of experience and the dedication that I represent. We will work together and leave a legacy of honour, excellent party administration and good governance”.
He said delegates should view the forthcoming national convention as a golden opportunity to reinvigorate and reposition the PDP and install a vibrant executive team that would reclaim the integrity of the party and its frontline position in Nigerian politics.
“The convention will also throw up possibilities of how best to tackle the challenge facing our party and help our governments at various levels achieve the objectives contained in our party’s manifesto,” he said.
He urged the delegates to honour the commitment of the party to have the southwest zone produce the national chairman this time.
Since the birth of the PDP in 1998, only the southwest has not produced the party’s national chairman either in substantive or acting capacity.