PDP Chairmanship: Adeniran Debunks Consensus Candidacy

Former Education Minister, Professor Tunde Adeniran has dismissed the purported ratification of one of the aspirants to the National Chairmanship of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) by the southwest caucus meeting held in Akure on Monday.

Prof. Adeniran, who had picked the nomination form for the position on same day, denied the reports which stated that he was at the meeting, hosted by Ondo State Governor, Dr Olusegun Mimiko.

In a statement by his media aide, Yemi Akinbode, the PDP chairmanship aspirant said
the Akure meeting was designed from the onset to ratify the candidate of a minority members of the party from the southwest, hence his decision not to be part of it. “What happened in Akure is tantamount to working from the answer to the question; it was not set out to be transparent and democratic,” he stated.

He said that all the aspirants who obtained the nomination forms should be allowed to contest the election at the national convention, warning the southwest leaders particularly not to play into the hands of those who did not want the zone to produce the party chairman.

He reminded the party leaders and delegates to the convention of how the PDP and the All Progressive Congress (APC) lost their preferred choices for leadership of the National Assembly in 2011 and 2015 to other forces as a result of going into those elections with a divided house.

Prof. Adeniran aligned with the admonition of former Senate President David Mark and Senator Ahmed Makarfi, Chairman of the National Caretaker Committee of the party, that the PDP should move away from imposition because that was what led it to its present situation of being in opposition for the first time after constituting the Federal Government and majority of the state governments for 16 years.

Senator Mark had warned against “self-inflicted injuries on account of imposition of candidates and the impunity of some leaders.”

Prof. Adeniran said that the PDP must work towards producing a credible leadership that would not be distracted by the baggage of the past. He cautioned: “Our party is at a critical stage of its life and we must endeavour to elect leaders whose record of public service has never been tainted so that they can concentrate of rebuilding the party towards returning to power in 2019.”