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PDP Governor’s Meeting With Chairmanship Aspirants in Enugu State: We Will Take Over Power in 2019 – Gov Fayose

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The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Governors Forum has said that the party’s National Convention schedule for December 9-10, 2017 would be in line with best practices and tenets of world class democracy that other political parties in Nigeria would emulate.

The Governor of Ekiti State and Chairman of the PDP Governor’s Forum, Chief Peter Ayodele Fayose stated this while briefing newsmen at the end of the forum’s meeting with the eight Chairmanship Aspirants in Enugu State.

Fayose said that the governors in a meeting which ended at the early hour of Monday deliberated on the success of the National Convention in December.

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“We discussed with the Chairmanship Aspirants believing that we are going to have a convention that all parties in Nigeria will emulate.

“We are going to have a convention that will represent world class democracy, to serve as template for reappointment of parties leaders.

“We have responsible people vying for PDP Chairmanship and we are on one page. The page is PDP first. We are leaving Enugu today believing that PDP will take over power in 2019.” Fayose said that the aspirants have accepted to work together as well as support any candidate that will emerge victorious at the Convention.

On the Anambra State Gubernatorial election holding on Saturday, November 18, 2017, Governor Fayose declared that the PDP has worked hard and has all it takes to win the Governorship election.

“We are using this opportunity to demand that the election should be credible. It should not only be credible but seen to be credible. “We want to believe that Nigeria is of age to organize election that is acceptable at home and internationally,” Fayose added.

One of the leading Aspirants and founder of DAAR Communications, Chief Raymond Dokpesi, in an interview with newsmen described the meeting as a success.

Dokpesi disclosed that all the Aspirants have agreed to sign a peace accord by Tuesday at the Party’s National Secretariat, Wadata Plaza, Abuja, by 4 pm. “With that accord been signed, we are going to look forward to a very peaceful and harmonious Convention.” Asked if the zoning matter came up at the meeting, Dokpesi said the party was explicit on the position, as it was zoned to the South. “After the zoning principle, all the aspirants have agreed to work together to come up with a common position. Anybody can contest. “If the party in its wisdom and the aspirants agreed within themselves and notify the party early enough that would be fine.”

Also asked if the issue of consensus of candidate was deliberated at the meeting; Dokpesi said no “but that doesn’t mean there were no discussion among the aspirants.

“Today on the way forward, a few of the aspirants met in the morning and in the afternoon and discussed which solution can be adopted.” Dokpesi added that arising from the meeting; he will go ahead with his campaign and consultation to fulfill his ambition. In attendance were the Chairman of the PDP, Sen. Ahmed Makarfi, CON; all the PDP governors, except Ebonyi who was represented by his Deputy.

Other aspirants at the meeting were, Chief Bode George, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, Prince Uche Seconus, Prof. Tunde Adeniran, Mr. Jimi Agbaje, Professor Taoheed Adedoja; and Chief Rasheed Ladoja.

Also in attendance was Senator Ike Ekweremadu, the Deputy President of the Senate; Mr. Gabriel Suswam, former Benue State Governor, Senator Adolphus Wabara, Dr. Sule Lamido, former Governor of Jigawa State amongst others.

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