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Tuesday, 14 November 2017

PDP national chairmanship aspirants sign peace accord

The national chairmanship aspirants of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Tuesday, November 14 signed a peace agreement as part of their commitments toward a successful and violent free national convention on Saturday, December 9.

The national chairman, PDP national caretaker committee, Senator Ahmed Makarfi, at the occasion held at the party's national secretariat, Abuja, advised contestants in the electives positions to reduce hardship of the convention.

He said that though the party is not averse to consensus, it would not impose any candidate or force any decision on anybody.

Two front-line aspirants, High Chief Raymond Dokpesi (left) and Otunba Gbenga Daniel (right) signing peace accord.

"Yes, we want the convention to be transparent, free and fair.

"We also want the convention to be conducted in good enough time because keeping delegates for two days will be big issue.

"So, it will be in order if people talk among themselves, especially where lower positions can be resolved at home by contending forces; so that those positions that are highly competitive, maybe the one that we involve elections.

"Even if it is a single candidate there will be election, but you know that PDP as a family must talk to one another and try to minimise the hardship of the process," Makarfi said.

He added that the event had confirmed the determination of the aspirants to work together and support whoever wins.

He also denied rumours that PDP governors and party leaders wanted to impose an aspirant on the party, saying their focus is how to go into the convention in unity and come out as one family.

Chief Rasheed Ladoja, speaking for the eight aspirants, assured that the convention would be smooth, and not break the party or cause any member to defect from the PDP.

He said that all the aspirants had been working to ensure that their supporters "do not heat the polity."

His words: "We are trying as much as possible to ensure that our supporters conduct themselves in a way that they do not annoy other supporters, not to talk of other contestants.

"We would try as much as possible to contrive our quota to the convention and the party in general before, during and after the convention."

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the agreement was signed by the aspirants and their campaign director generals.

Aspirants who signed were Raymond Dokpesi, Jimi Agbaje, Taoheed Adedoja, Tunde Adeniran, Uche Secondus, Gbenga Daniel and Rasheed Ladoja.

Meanwhile, Chief Bode George, who was the only aspirants not present at the occasion according to Makarfi, had sent his apology and promised to sign the threat as soon as he is back in Abuja.

Some of the contents of the threat document include to support whoever emerges as the national chairman of the party as long as the process is transparent. (NAN)

Meanwhile, Makarfi has disclosed that aspirants with pending cases in court will not be disqualified from contesting the national chairmanship position.

He made the declaration while responding to questions from newsmen on Saturday, November 11 in Kaduna, when Otunba Gbenga Daniel alongside his campaign entourage paid him a courtesy visit.


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