The Lagos PDP candidate in the 2015 governorship elections, Jimi Agbaje, has declared that he intends to run for the party’s chairmanship in the election expected to hold in December 2017. Agbaje said he is the best man for the job.
“If not for what happened at the August last year’s convention, I would have clinched the chairmanship position then and I am confident that I will emerge as the chairman this time around,” Agbaje said in a meeting on Wednesday with Gov. Ayo Fayose of Ekiti.
The Lagos politician was the front-runner in the August 2016 convention, however a court ruling secured by former party chairman, Ali Modu-Sheriff, hindered the convention from proceeding with the elections.
Agbaje said he decided to visit Fayose of his decision to run because it will be inappropriate for the governor who is the only PDP governor from the South West to “get to know about my aspiration in the media, hence, my decision to come here and tell you formally.”
On his part, Fayose said chairmanship aspirants from the zone must come together and present a single candidate for the position. “It won’t be in the collective interest of the Southwest zone to present six aspirants at the convention as we presently have.”
“Chairmanship aspirants from the Southwest must come together and allow one person to fly the flag,” Fayose said. “It will be like crashing before take-off if we take six aspirants to the convention.”