Governors elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, met on Sunday in Enugu, but were unable to arrive at a consensus on which of the chairmanship aspirants to back at next month’s convention.
This means the race is expected to go down to the wire with the eight candidates lobbying and testing their popularity at the convention.
“We met in Enugu State Government House to deliberate on our national convention and we took time off to meet with the chairmanship aspirants, believing that we want to have a convention that all parties in Nigeria will emulate, convention that will represent the word democracy and serve as template for other parties,” said Ayo Fayose, the Chairman of the PDP Governors Forum and Governor of Ekiti State.
The chairmanship aspirants who met with the governors include: Olabode George, Jimi Agbaje, Gbenga Daniel, Tunde Adeniran, Rasheed Ladoja, and Taoheed Ladoja, Raymond Dokpesi and Uche Secondus.
Working together: Fayose said the agreement reached between the governors and the chairmanship aspirants is that whoever emerges as winner “will be supported by all.”
“We have responsible people vying for the office of chairman of the PDP, nationally, and we are on one page and the page is PDP first.
“And we are leaving Enugu today believing that the PDP will take over power by 2019; we have equally agreed, believing we have all it takes to take over Anambra State and I believe that our people in Anambra State, the Anambrarians have worked very hard, they deserve victory. And we are using this opportunity to ask that the Anambra election must be credible.
The governors at the meeting were: Nyesom Wike (Rivers), Udom Emmanuel (Akwa Ibom), Okezie Ikpeazu (Abia), Ben Ayade (Cross River) and Henry Sariake Dickson (Bayelsa).
Others included Ifeanyi Okowa (Delta), Ayo Fayose (Ekiti), Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo (Gombe), Darius Ishaku, (Taraba), the host, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi and the deputy governor of Ebonyi State, Eric Kelechi Igwe.
Others who met with the governors include: Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu; presidential candidate and former governor of Jigawa, Sule Lamido; national caretaker committee chairman, Ahmed Makarfi; national secretary, Ben Obi; former Senate President, Adolphus Wabara; Senate Minority Leader, Godswill Akpabio; former governor of Benue State, Gabriel Suswam; former Governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi, and former Minister of Aviation, Dr Kema Chikwe.