Jimi Agbaje withdraws from PDP chairmanship election

Jimi Agbaje

Another aspirant to the office of the national chairman of PDP, Jimi Agbaje, has withdrawn from the race.

The withdrawal was announced on his verified Twitter handle, @Jimiagbaje, on Saturday, few hours before the commencement of the national convention to elect new leaders for the PDP.

In a letter addressed to the PDP National Convention Planning Committee, Mr. Agbaje said the PDP had from inception adopted the principle of zoning offices among the country’s geo-political zones.

“In line with such zoning and other parameters I have at different fora, expressed my strong belief that the next National Chairman of our great party should come from the South West,” he said.

He also said he was however, convinced that “with 7 out of all 9 aspirants coming from the South West, this multiplicity of co tenders will work to the detriment of our zone when it comes to voting”.

Mr. Agbaje said delegates’ votes split seven ways will not produce a chairman from the South West, adding, “ it therefore becomes necessary to prune our members down to no more than two”.

He also urged other aspirants from the zone to follow him by stepping down so that the zone “ can have a fighting chance of clinching the National Chairmanship of the PDP”.

Another stalwart of the party from the South West, Bode George, had also announced his withdrawal from the race on Friday evening.


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  • chinedu

    As posited earlier on this subject,PDP stands to benefit from the emergence of a level headed chairman from the south west. I think the other zones should even help the S/W to select the appropriate candidate. I am bothered about this issue principally because I believe the country’s political space deserves a very strong opposition. In other words kudos to Agbaje and I expect more withdrawals.

    • Kallah Bature

      Talking about PDP big wigs at the convention and the alleged largesse from the former NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER, you hear the names of Bode George, Babangida Aliyu,Raymond Dokpesi,Gabriel Suswan,etc.,we begin to wonder what makes the party think their return to power is possible.

  • Anthony Uremeh

    Governor Wike is in charge!!

  • rules_emmanuelO.

    From my observations and permutations, I posit that the eventual winner would be either Raymond Dokpesi or Uche Secondus!