- Endorses tenure extension for Sheriff
From Oluseye Ojo, Ibadan
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the South West yesterday reached a consensus to allow the North retain the chairmanship of the party.
At a meeting in Ibadan, Oyo State, attended by national, zonal,
state leaders of the party and elected public officers, the South West
PDP stakeholders endorsed former governor of Borno State, Senator Ali
Modu Sheriff as national chairman of the party.
The PDP zonal chairman, Makanjuola Ogundipe, in his address,
said the South West could not produce the national chairman for the party
due to lack of cooperation in the zone, a development he reasoned would
constitute a challenge to the national chairman from the region.
He explained that 70 per cent of the functional leaders of the zone arrived
at the decision to allow the North retain the position of national chairman of the party.
“We, the people of the South West, are good at petition-writing and pull him down (PHD) tactics. Too much enegy will be dissipated on acrimony
and conflict resolution.
“It is unfair to the masses of the South West for anyone to insinuate
that our position in canvassing that the national chairman of the party
should come from the North amounts to pushing away good things coming
to the region. That is a political game that I do not subscribe to.
The position of the national chairman without the requisite resources and enabling environment cannot be said to be a good thing,” he noted.
In the same vein, the chairman, Organisation and Mobilisation
Committee, PDP, South West, Senator Buruji Kashamu, representing Ogun East senatorial district in the National Assembly, advised the Acting
Chairman, PDP Board of Trustees (BoT), Senator Jubrin Walid, and a
BoT member from Osun State, Chief Ebenezer Babatope, to canvass their
positions on the chairmanship of the party without abusing other members
that do not agree with them.
He told Walid that PDP members that did not agree with them that Sheriff
should quit the office latest by May 21, this year, should be seen as realists and lovers of the party, not ‘praise singers.’ “On the comments by one of our foremost leaders in the South West PDP, Chief Ebenezer Babatope, that I want to ‘bully South West leaders…because I came into emergency money’, the fact is that leadership is earned and it comes with responsibilities.”
Chieftains of the party that attended the meeting included
National Secretary, Prof. Wale Oladipo; National Publicity Secretary,
Chief Olisa Metuh; National Auditor, Adewole Adeyanju; former National
deputy chairman of the party, Alhaji Shuaib Oyedokun; South West Zonal chairman, Makanjuola Ogundipe, and the zonal secretary, Prof Olawale Bimbo.
Others were PDP state chairmen, Tunji Shelle (Lagos); Bayo Dayo
(Ogun); Yinka Taiwo (Oyo); Ganiyu Olaoluwa (Osun); Idowu Faleye (Ekiti)
and delegation from Ondo State.