PDP Convention 2017: National Chairman Election Saga
The PDP convention 2017 was an event to bring the party delegates together to chart a course and strategy for 2019. One of the major outcomes of the convention is the election of the board of trustees. The major position of contention was the PDP National Chairman. The contestants were the following; Chief Bode George, Jimi Abaje, Tunde Adeniran, Gbenga Daniel, Senator Rasheed Ladoja, and Aderemi Olusegun, and Mr. Uche Secondous, Dr. Raymond Dokpesi, and Prof. Taoheed Adedoja.
The topic of conversation was whether as an attempt to gain the goodwill of Southwestern Nigeria, PDP should vote for their national chairman from the Southwest. Based on a Channels interview with Governor Wike during Sunrise Daily, Friday, December 8 2017, he vehemently disagreed with that analogy. He specified that the South-South region are strong PDP states and should have a strong representation with the Chairmanship position. The Governor is supporting Mr. Uche Secondous, the current PDP party chairman of Rivers state. He continued the conversation by stating that during the Obasanjo administration, which was PDP, Action Congress (AC) was dominant in Lagos state and other southwestern states. If a Southwestern president could not ensure the PDP dominance in the Southwest, the PDP chairman would not be able to accomplish this feat.
From the look of things, most of the South-west candidates pulled out of the race beginning with Chief Bode George. He issued a press statement blaming the party for pre-determination of the winner of the elections. Most conversations on social media state that he is too old to participate in politics and hand over to the next generation. Other candidates, Jimi Abaje, Gbenga Daniel, Senator Rasheed Ladoja, and Aderemi Olusegun pulled out of the race. Most of them lamented that the election lacks transparency. The Southwest consensus candidate was Mr. Tunde Adeniran.
Speculators mention that PDP would hand over the Vice-Presidential ticket to the Southwest. From the looks of things, a Unity List was distributed during the convention as a final appeal to delegates to vote for desired candidates. There was a mass walk out during the convention as a result. In my opinion, various interests can lobby the delegates to vote for certain candidates. It is the choice of the delegates to vote for the person of their choice. However, comments are floating around that votes were purchased for as high as $20,000 each. Nigeria has money!!! I just wish it trickled down to the common man. But that is a blog post for another day.
Finally, the PDP convention 2017 took place and Mr. Uche Secondous was elected as the consensus PDP chairman with 2000 votes, Prof. Tunde Adeniran came a distant second with 230 votes, Dr. Raymond Dokpesi came third with 66 votes followed by Prof. Taoheed Adedoja who did not score any vote. The election is over but the public has to deal with the National Chairman saga.
Along with many other positions that would chart the course for the party to prepare for the 2019 elections and beyond. I hope PDP has been able to come together for the sake of our great nation and put the interests of the Nigerian people on their agenda.
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