Following the recent decision of stakeholders in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to have an early convention as a way to settle the leadership crisis that recently rocked the party, five prominent members may have made up their minds to vie for the position of national chairman.
According to sources in the PDP, the aspirants are former national secretary of the party and ex-governor of Osun State, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, a former governor of Cross River State, Senator Liyel Imoke; the immediate past deputy governor of Bayelsa State, Rear Admiral Gboribiogha John Jonah (rtd) and the party’s former governorship candidate in Lagos State, Mr. Jimi Agbaje.
Although, there are speculations that some forces within the party are rooting for a second term for the incumbent, Prince Uche Secondus at the October national convention likely to hold in Abuja.
It is also believed that more aspirants may join the race before the convention, as the immediate past governor of Gombe State, Alhaji Ibrahim Dankwambo is also said to be making consultations.
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Some stakeholders in the party are more at home with Imoke, saying he is a credible candidate and has the capacity to stabilise the party and unite all warring factions ahead of the 2023 elections.
Others, are of the opinion that the immediate past deputy governor of Bayelsa State, who though has not announced his interest, should be encouraged to lead the party and like Imoke, he is credible with a sound military background.
It was however not clear before this report was filed if Jonah has the backing of his former boss, Senator Henry Seriake Dickson, whom he served as deputy for eight years without any issue.
On the other hand those clamouring for
Jimi Agbaje, describe him as a complete party man who also has the requisite political experience to steer the party’s ship to greatness in 2023.