Majority of PREMIUM TIMES readers say they believe Gbenga Daniel will emerge chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party from Saturday’s convention.
The respondents indicated this in an online poll on the PREMIUM TIMES website where participants were asked a single question:
Who do you think will win PDP chairmanship election?
A total of 2,759 people participated in the poll which lasted for six days and was done to ensure that no person can cast more than one vote from the same computer or mobile device.
The result shows that 19.7 per cent of the respondents believe Mr. Daniel, a former governor of Ogun State, will emerge the chairman of the party, Nigeria’s largest opposition party.
Mr. Daniel, who scored 544 votes was closely followed by Uche Secondus, a former acting chairman of the party, who scored 17.9 per cent (494 votes).
A former Lagos State governorship candidate, Jimi Agbaje, came third in the poll, securing 16.4 per cent of the votes.
Of the total nine candidates vying for the PDP chairmanship and who were on the poll, a former sports minister, Taoheed Adedoja, was considered least possible person to emerge the PDP chairman with only 1.8 per cent of respondents saying they believe he will emerge chairman.
Other aspirants contesting for the chairmanship position include owner of Daar Communications, Raymond Dokpesi (11.3 per cent); a former deputy national chairman of the party, Bode George (8.7 per cent); and a former Minister of Education, Tunde Adeniran (15.5 per cent).
Others are a former governor of Oyo State, Rasheed Ladoja (3.2 per cent); and a little known politician from Ekiti, Segun Aderemi (5.5 per cent).
Many of the candidates have already been speaking on their chances at the convention.
Mr. Ladoja had a meeting with Mr. Daniel on Thursday after which the former spoke on the possibility of a consensus among the seven candidates from the South-west region.
Only Messrs. Secondus and Dokpesi are not from the South-west. Both men are from the South-south with Mr. Secondus considered a front-runner in the election.
On Friday, the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike,publicly declared that he was not only supporting Mr. Secondus, but was sure the former PDP leader would emerge as the chairman of the party.
Apart from the national chairmanship position, other key national officers like the national secretary and the publicity secretary will also be elected at the convention.