Chairman, Board of Trustees (BoT) of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Walid Jibrin has over ruled the South West caucus of the board endorsing some aspirants jostling for the chairmanship of the seat of the party.
This is coming just as the board has summoned a member, Chief Shuaib Oyedokun to appear before it to explain the rationale behind the move to endorse the aspirants saying the contest is open to all.
Oyedokun had during the weekend signed the document that reduced the number of the favoured aspirants.
In the document dated November 3, those favoured include a former sports minister and Special Duties Minister, Professor Taoheed Adedoja; a former Deputy Chairman of the party, Chief Bode George; and a former Minister of Education, Prof. Tunde Adeniran.
Out of the three, both George and Adeniran are members of its BoT, which is regarded as the conscience of the party.
Those knocked out of the race, include a former Governor of Oyo State, Senator Rashidi Ladoja; his counterpart from Ogun State, Chief Gbenga Daniel; a former National Secretary of the party, Prof. Wale Oladipo; the PDP governorship candidate in the 2015 elections, Mr. Jimi Agbaje and Akin-Deko Akintayo from Ondo State.
Reacting to the development in Kaduna on Monday, Jubrin in a press conference said the position of the national chairmanship of the part remained zoned to the south and that any aspirant from the zone was free to contest if qualified.
“The need to further stress this fact is premise upon the information that a sectional meeting of the South West board of trustees was reported to have appointed only 3 aspirants for the position of the National Chairmanship of the party and said to have discarded the rest aspirants.”
“l want to state clearly that the meeting in which such decision was taken was never in the instant of the National Board of Trustees and that we cannot afford to hold such meeting now as done in South West.”
According to him, “In the South-West, we have two BoT members contesting for the Chairmanship and who were never in the meeting where such sensitive decision was taken.
“I will like to urge all BoT members in all the zones not to undertake such meetings without first intimating the BoT Chairman. I have invited Chief Shuaibu Oyedokun to a National caucus to explain what led him to champion that exercise.”