Abuja - The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the Southwest yesterday called for zoning of the chairmanship to the region, as reconciliation efforts take off between the party’s two factions.
The zone made its position known at a meeting in Ibadan, Oyo State capital.
The zonal leadership, in a nine-point communique, hailed the reconciliation efforts.
The PDP leaders said Southwest deserves the chairmanship slot because it has never held it before.
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The communique, read by a former Minister of Sports, Prof. Taoheed Adedoja, said: “The Southwest PDP Forum, initiated by the BoT members of PDP from the Southwest, a replica of the national edition of the party to bring about peace, reconciliation and harmony in the party, came on board today on Monday, October 10, 2016, in Ibadan, Oyo State.
“The theme of the forum is: ‘Working together to regenerate our party in line with the spirit of the founding facilitators’.
“The forum recognises the role of BoT members, our governors, National Assembly members, founding fathers and other critical stakeholders in bringing about peace in our party.
“We commend the spirit of sportsmanship exhibited by both Senator Makarfi and Senator Sheriff joint committees in thrusting national peace and harmony in the party.”
The forum added: “We commend the leadership and membership of PDP in Edo State at the last gallant fight in the governorship election.
“The forum stands firmly by them in their effort to retrieve the stolen mandate. It urges members and leaders of PDP in Ondo State to close ranks and work together as a solid and united team to sustain the control of the state by PDP in the next election.
“This forum admonishes the leadership of our party to clearly zone the position of the national chairmanship of our party to the Southwest as the only zone that has never held that position before.
“The forum calls on the state party chapters to replicate this type of meeting in their respective states to resolve all internal grievances.
“And finally, the forum decided that irrespective of the various challenges facing the party at the national level, at the zonal level and each state of the federation, all leaders and members of the party have resolved to remain in PDP with a view to taking over power in Nigeria in 2019.”
The meeting was chaired by Shuaib Oyedokun and was attended by Senator Buruji Kashamu, Dr. Ade Dosumu, Adeniran, Jimoh Ibrahim, Senator Teslim Folarin, Dimeji Bankole, Makanjuola Ogundipe, Fatai Adeyanju and Kola Balogun.
The six state chairmen are: Yinka Taiwo (Oyo), Segun Adewale (Lagos), Soji Adagunodo (Osun), Adebayo Dayo (Ogun), Ajayi William (Ekiti) and Biyi Moroye (Ondo).
- News 24