Ahead of Peoples Democratic Party national convention which will hold on October 30, indication showed yesterday that the party leaders and key stakeholders may settle for a consensus candidate for the position of it National Chairman
Sources revealed that the Southwest zone was being considered for the chairmanship, with a former governor from the zone who has long indicated interest in the race favoured among other contestants.
One of the sources, who spoke with our correspondent on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to speak on the matter, said the decision was taken at a stakeholders’ meeting in Abuja on Thursday night.
Responding to a question, the source pleaded anonymity said: “Yes, it is true that a former governor from the Southwest is being considered as a consensus candidate for the chairmanship because of his maturity and past experience in party administration at the national level.
“After wide consultations, we ruled out any state where the PDP currently has a sitting governor, to avoid the type of leadership crisis that the party is presently passing through.
“We don’t want a situation where a sitting chairman would be beholden to a sitting governor of his home state, like the case we have in hand and which we have been battling to resolve in the past few weeks.
“However, the decision to present a consensus candidate is not final yet and we have not foreclosed the possibility of having other aspirants joining the race, because we can’t stop other qualified members from contesting.”
So far, three aspirants from the Southwest are believed to have indicated interest in the chairmanship position. They include a former governor of Osun State, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola; immediate past governor of Ekiti State, Mr Ayo Fayose and the PDP candidate in the 2020 Ondo State governorship election, Mr Eyitayo Jegede, SAN.
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