PDP Chairmanship: Fayose Reiterates “United Southwest” Message As He Hosts Jimi Agbaje

Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose has stood firmly on his position that those who have indicated interest in throwing their hats in to be the National Chairman of the Peoples
Democratic Party (PDP) in the Southwest zone must come together and jointly present a sole candidate for the position. Fayose maintained that having multiple candidates for the region will not be in the collective interest of the Southwest zone as there are already six aspirants who have indicated interest in assuming the position.Governor Fayose, while receiving one of the aspirants, Mr Jimi Agbaje,
who was his guest in Lagos on Wednesday, said that chairmanship
aspirants from the Southwest must come together and allow one person
to fly the flag as he asserted that it will be like crashing before take-off if the party takes six aspirants from the region to the national convention which is scheduled for November.According to a statement issued on Wednesday, by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Idowu Adelusi, Governor Fayose advised Mr Agbaje to pursue his aspiration with sincerity and composure ensuring that the PDP and Nigeria still stand as the major reasons for the aspiration and not his persona gains, adding that; “A situation where we have aspirants that already have presidential aspirants will not augur well for the party.”

The governor said; “We held a meeting with other chairmanship
aspirants on Monday, and it is expected that a follow up meeting will
be held very soon. I urge you (Jimi Agbaje) to attend the meeting so
that we can forge a common front together. This is because the
Southwest zone cannot go to the convention with more than five
aspirants as we now have and expect to win.

“Most importantly, as the only PDP governor in the Southwest, I cannot
be going round with all of you (aspirants) to solicit for support.”

In his own remark, Mr Jimi Agbaje disclosed that  he came to the governor to formally make him aware him of his decision to run for the party’s national chairmanship position.

“As the only PDP governor from the Southwest, I have come to formally
inform Your Excellency that I will be seeking election as the National
Chairman of our great party, the PDP.
“I am of the opinion that it will be inappropriate for you to get to
know about my aspiration in the media, hence, my decision to come here and tell you formally,” Agbaje said.

Agbaje further described himself as “the best man for the job,” and  he said; “If not for what happened at August last year’s convention,
I would have clinched the chairmanship position then and I am
confident that I will emerge as the chairman this time around.” he boasted.

Mr Agbaje, who gave his word that he was going to grace the next meeting with other aspirants in attendance from the Southwest so as to jointly form a united front said in addition
added that he isn’t desperate to assume the position as the progress of the party is what he desires and has always rooted for.

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