South West PDP pushes forward eleven Chairmanship Aspirants


A Peoples Democratic Party group, Alliance for PDP South-West, has pushed forward with a list of eleven party chieftains from the South-West for the national chairmanship position of the party.

In the race are a former Osun State Governor, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola; former PDP Deputy National Chairman, Chief Olabode George; and former Ekiti State governors, Ayo Fayose, and Segun Oni.

Others are a former Lagos State PDP governorship candidate, Mr Jimi Agbaje; former PDP National Secretary, Prof Wale Oladipo; former Ondo State PDP governorship candidate, Eyitayo Jegede (SAN); Dr Charles Akitoye; Mr Jide Adeniji; Mr Olusola Ebiseni; and Senator Bode Olajumoke.

The current Chairman Uche Secondus’s tenure ends in December 2021 and there are speculations that he may not run for a second term. There are also permutations that the chairmanship position may be zoned to the south west.

Among those mentioned in the list, only ex governor of Osun State, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola has indicated his interest to run for the exalted office. Oyinlola was a former national secretary of the opposition party.

Former Governor of Ekiti State, Segun Oni said that the zone was rooting for Oyinlola as a man who has what it takes to deliver. He described the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari as the worst in the history of Nigeria.

In his words: “Without mincing words, no government – civilian or military – had ever performed this woefully. And this is why a lot of people are frustrated and raising movements against the continuity of Nigeria as one nation. It’s all about bad governance. This is the most incompetent government ever, and so our people are disillusioned.

“Unless we get a government that can deliver, Nigeria is at risk”.

“A government is more than a manifesto. Things have shown us this. Look at the government we have now. A good manifesto doesn’t necessarily translate into good governance. So we need someone with good management skills at the helm of affairs. We don’t need a lazy person who will get there and be an absentee landlord. He must have a vision to drive his team and the country to the Promised Land.

“Nigerians should stop asking politicians what they want to do. They should look for what stuff the person is made of to know if the person will deliver. We should look beyond manifestos. People can hire consultants to write great manifestos for them.”

Oni said many politicians, including him, had been sad about the developments in Nigeria, especially as they played a role in the emergence of the Buhari regime. He said, “I was part of the making of this government in a way and I have seen that manifestos are useless. The APC had a good manifesto then, but nobody ever imagined things would be this bad. Then, a part of Nigeria had failed, which was the North-East, and we were all up in arms on why the government of then-President Goodluck Jonathan would allow a part of Nigeria to fail.

“So we thought having a man whose background was in the military would correct the situation. We thought he (Buhari) would know what to do. Now, virtually all the parts of Nigeria have failed under his watch. It is very sad. Some of us are very unhappy about what is going on.”

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