Jonathan to meet Oyo PDP gov aspirants tomorrow
Culled From Tribune
PRESIDENT Goodluck Jonathan is expected to meet all stakeholders in Oyo Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Abuja, on Tuesday, including all governorship aspirants, to sort out political gridlock and pave way for the party to present a credible candidate for the 2015 governorship elections. Sources informed Nigerian Tribune that there have been various moves by the aspirants to better their chances at clinching the party’s ticket.
The meeting, which was called at the instance of some party stakeholders in the state and the region, is to seek the President’s support for a suitable candidate.
In the last two weeks, the aspirants have been reported to have become regular visitors in Abuja, to lobby power brokers, at the corridors of power, in other to influence their rating to get the presidential nod.
Meanwhile, the Presidency, it was gathered, last week, averted another crisis that could have hit the South-West chapter of the PDP, which only recently appeared to be getting its acts together, as the struggle for the control of the party, among some of its top shots became full-blown after its zonal congress, held, in Ibadan recently.
Chief Makanjuola Ogundipe from Ekiti State, at the meeting, emerged the National vice chairman (South-West), while Chief Pegba Otemolu from Ogun State, became the secretary, after several horse-trading and negotiations that greeted the congress.
Nigerian Tribune, however, gathered that the outcome of the congress has begun to generate ripples in the PDP, with the plot against the erstwhile zonal caretaker chairman of the party, Chief Ishola Filani and the outcome of the congress, said to be the manifestation of a power tussle between a member of the party’s National Caucus from the region.
The Presidency, it was gathered, moved in to prevent the looming crisis, as it directed all aggrieved leaders to forward their positions on the congress’ outcome to the South-West PDP integration committee headed by Senate President David Mark.
At the meeting held in Abuja on Tuesday, with the president and the national leadership of the party, Nigerian Tribune gathered that Chief Olabode George, among others, had complained bitterly against the outcome of the congress. But the Presidency noted that it could not take decisions on party matters, directing that matters should be left in the hands of the integration committee.
While speaking with Nigerian Tribune, however, George, who is a life member of the National Caucus of the PDP and former Deputy National Chairman of the party, said it was unpatriotic for anyone to lay claims to having wrested the leadership of the party from him, noting that his intention was not compete with anyone for the leadership of the party but to work towards delivering the South-West to the PDP.
“Let me make it clear that my intention and loyalty are not in doubt. My intention is to convince as many people who are not card-carrying members of the PDP in South-West to vote for President Goodluck Jonathan and ensure that the party returned to where we were before,” he said.