Politics PDP National Convention: South-West Chieftains Threaten Mass Defection


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Leading lights of the Peoples Democratic Party in Nigeria’s South-west geopolitical zone are threatening to dump the party en masse should the zone be blocked from producing the next national chairman of the party.


A former presidential aide, Doyin Okupe, told PREMIUM TIMES on Monday night that party leaders in the zone met in Ikoyi, Lagos, last week and took a position on how to respond if the zone is “robbed” at the party’s national convention next month.

“We took a firm position which was that we will dump the party en masse if we get robbed again at this year’s convention,” Mr. Okupe said.

Some of the PDP leaders present at the meeting included a former Deputy National Chairman of the party, Olabode George; the governorship candidate of the party in Lagos in the 2015 election, Jimi Agbaje and Gbenga Daniel, a former governor of Ogun State.

A former Minister of State for the Federal Capital Territory, Olajumoke Akinjide; a former Minister of Works, Adeseye Ogunlewe and party chieftain, Bode Olajumoke were also at the meeting, Mr. Okupe said.

He therefore advised Governor Emmanuel Udom of Akwa Ibom State to resist pressure from politicians and do the right thing by zoning the chairmanship position of the Peoples Democratic Party to the southwest geopolitical zone.

Mr. Okupe said Mr. Udom’s final decision would determine if history would judge him kindly or as a villain.

The PDP zoning committee is expected to meet On Tuesday (today) in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital, where the party’s zoning formula would be redesigned.