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Tunde Adeniran

Anger rocks PDP as Chairmanship candidate kicks against panel composition

Ahead of it National Convention slated for December 9, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) remains unsettled.

National Chairmanship aspirant, Tunde Adeniran has kicked against the list of panelists to conduct the ward delegates’ election ahead of the convention. He has petitioned the leadership.

The party’s National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting has been fixed for Abuja to ratify the list, among other decisions on the convention.

According to Adeniran, many members of the committee are sympathisers and supporters of Uche Secondus, another Chairmanship candidate.

In the South West, the faction led by Makanjuola Ogundipe is laying claim to legitimacy. The leadership recognises Eddy Olafeso as the Vice Chairman (South West). Makanjuola is threatening a law suit should his faction be denied participation at the convention.

In Oyo State, a meeting to settle the differences between the two factions broke up in disagreement.

The Director General of Adeniran’s Campaign Organisation, Shehu Gabam, said the peace accord entered into by the eight Chairmanship aspirants is threatened.

“A particular state has members on that list and some of them are the leading campaigners for Uche Secondus. We as campaign organisation were not consulted to bring one or two persons and I am sure other aspirants were not consulted too.

“It is an indirect way of short-changing other aspirants. The spirit behind the MoU we signed has been violated, not by the aspirants but by the party managers,” Gabam said.

The Adeniran camp mentioned George Sekibo, Austin Opara, ThankGod Danagogo, Kenneth Ubani Emeka Ihedioha as some of the Secondus loyalists on the list.

The camp yesterday rejected the call by the Ekiti Governor, Ayo Fayose for shadow primary elections for aspirants from the South West, saying the governor had already taken sides.

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