*Respect Convention decisions for great relaunch of party
South West PDP leaders on Thursday demanded strict adherence and respect to the zoning agreement reached at the Port Harcourt meeting of the party. This decision was taken during an emergency meeting in Ibadan.
The party elders were unequivocal that the only thing that can make the party re-launch itself fully ahead of 2019 elections was to uphold the decision reached in Port Harcourt on 21st May 2016 during the party’s National Convention which conceded the National Chairmanship of the party to South West region.
According to the party elders, since the formation of the party in 1998, no person from the region has been the national chairman of the party despite South West contributions to the party at the formative years till date. They therefore urged all organs of the party and members across the nation to support their aspiration.
The leaders who noted that since 1998, about 12 people from other geo-political zones have headed the party, insisted that it is the turn of South West which is the only region that has not produced chairman of the party.
They however declared that for the party to boost its efforts in membership drive and support base in the region, there is a need for the region to produce the number one person in the erstwhile ruling party.
Zonal Chairman of the party, Dr. Eddy Olafeso who read the communiqué issued after the meeting urged the National Caretaker Committee of the party and other zonal leaders across the country to, in the interest of fairness to the region, allow them to produce the chairman of the party.
The communiqué further read in parts, “Recalling that since inception in 1998 till date, our party has had 12 National Chairmen in the following persons namely Dr. Alex Ekwueme, Chief Solomon Lar, Chief Barnabas Gemade, Chief Audu Ogeh, Senator Ahmadu Alli, Prince Vincent Ogbulafor, Dr. Okwusileze Nwodo, Dr. Haliru Mohammed, Alhaji Kawu Baraje, Dr. Bamanga Tukur, Dr. Adamu Muazu, Prince Uche Secondus (Acting Chairman) and Senator Ahmed Makarfi (National Caretaker Committee Chairman).
“Noting that since the inception of the PDP in 1998, it is only the South West out of the six geo-political zones that has not held the position of the National Chairman despite the historic contributions of the zone to the development of the party.
“Recalling that at the 21st May National Convention of the party held in Port Harcourt, Rivers State in which the Senator Ahmed Makarfi led National Caretaker Committee was set up and established, that the National Chairmanship position was conceded to the South West consequent upon the speech of Dr. Peter Odili, the former governor of Rivers State.
“Realising that the position of the National Chairman of the party in the South West would boost efforts at membership drive of the party and party support base.
“Recognising that the South West has consistently demonstrated capacity for swing votes historically from 1999 till date in all general elections.
“Now at the end of the meeting, the PDP South West leaders forum hereby resolved: To urge the party on the basis of the above premises to uphold the Port Harcourt decision zoning the National Chairmanship position of our great party to the South West”.
Chief Olabode George, Professor Taoheed Adedoja, Otunba Iyiola Omisore, Senator Ademola Adeleke, Chief Sarafadeen Abiodun Alli, Mr. Femi Babalola, Mr. Seyi Makinde, Hon. Tunde Akogun, Hon. Demola Ojo and Professor Yemi Farounbi were all present at the meeting.
Others were Mr. Bunmi Jenyo, Alhaja Salmatu Badru, Alhaji Yekini Adeojo, Alhaji Jelili Adesiyan, Hon. Mulikat Adeola Akande, Chief Sarafadeen Ishola and Dr. Saka Balogun, Senator Robert Koleosho, Alhaji Titi Oseni and Alhaji Tajudeen Oladipo.