The Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, has urged all Aspirants for the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the south west to unify their interest and reach consensus on the choice of a candidate from the zone.
Fayose noted that “it won’t be in the collective interest of the South-west zone to present six aspirants at the convention as we presently have.”
He made this call, when he received one of the aspirants from the south west, Mr. Jimi Agbaje, who paid him a visit in Lagos yesterday.
Fayose said: “Chairmanship aspirants from the South-west must come together and allow one person to fly the flag. It will be like crashing before take-off if we take six aspirants to the convention.”
“We held a meeting with other chairmanship aspirants last Monday, and it is expected that a follow up meeting will be held very soon. I urge you 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 these large number of aspirants as we now have and expect to win.
“Most importantly, as the only PDP governor in the South-west, I cannot be going round with all of you (aspirants) to solicit for support.”
Agbaje while formally informing the Governor of his intention to to contest for the PDP national chairmanship position, said “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 who described himself as the, “the best man for the job,” noted that “If not for what happened at the 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.”
Agbaje, also promised to attend the next meeting with other aspirants from the South-west.