A former Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate in Lagos, Mr. Jimi Agbaje, has declared that he will secure the partyâ€™s national chairmanship position at the August 17 convention slated for Port Harcourt, Rivers State.Agbaje, who made the declaration shortly after he collected his nomination papers in Abuja, Tuesday, said, â€œI will not be contesting if I know I will not win.â€
The aspirant said he is not intimidated by the presence of political old horses in the race, saying the field is open to everyone that believes they can win.
He said with him as chairman, the PDP will get a new lease of life.
â€œWe are going to get back the power we lost at the centre and all the states we lost come 2019. Of course we made mistakes in the past and the time has come for us to correct the mistakesâ€, he stated.
Agbaje added that the job of reconciling aggrieved party chieftains and members across the country would be easier under his leadership, pointing out that he does not belong to any faction.
He promised to run an all-inclusive administration that will bring members under the same umbrella, adding that the party must be united to enable it play the role of viable opposition.
Agbaje ruled out consensus arrangement in the contest, saying consensus is always very difficult to achieve.
The position has been zoned to Lagos and Ogun States.
â€œI believe the field should be open for all interested aspirants to contest. You can even decide to run against the tide if the position is not zoned to your area. You have the right to test your popularity at the convention ground,â€ he stated.
Culled from THE NATION NEWSPAPER