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Adeniran: I will contest PDP chair despite zoning

Adeniran: I will contest

Tunde Adeniran,an aspirant for the position of National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party has kicked against the decision of the party to allocate the chairmanship position to candidates from Ogun and Lagos states.

Adeniran, a professor and former ambassador to Germany  and former minister of education said he would contest  irrespective of the zoning arrangement by the party.

Adeniran told newsmen that the zoning of the chairmanship position to Lagos and Ogun states was because some of the aspirants were afraid to contest.

The zoning decision was announced in Akure on Monday by the Chairman of the party in South West,Mr.Eddy Olafeso.

This followed a caucus meeting with members of the party in south west.

Olafeso said the leaders have met and had a fruitful deliberation in zoning the national officers of the party as to have a unanimous distribution of position in the zone

He said the leaders had agreed  to zone the chairmanship position to Lagos/Ogun while treasurer will be zoned to Ondo/Ekiti axis and Osun/Oyo will be given the National Publicity Secretary of the party.

Olafeso noted the leaders have mandated a six- man committee to reconcile all the aggrieved members as to have one voice before the convention.

He said the keen issue in the meeting was the unity among our leaders and our members, this is the right time to provide a formidable opposition to the APC government at the centre.

“Our interest at this moment is to pursue peace in the party and ensure that we all come together as one and one big family.

“The party must learn to be discipline and begin to talk to one another in a way to bring unity to the party.

“The past has been put aside since 2015,we must continue to do what is right in terms of our behaviour and relationship with one another within ourselves” he said.

Among the politicians who have indicated interest in the chairmanship race are Chief Bode George and Otunba Gbenga Daniel, a former governor of Ogun state.