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Integrity stands Adeniran out for PDP chairmanship, says Ciroma


Former Minister of Finance, Adamu Ciroma

With the presidential slot already zoned to them by the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) members of the party from the northern part of Nigeria may be throwing their weight behind the ambition of the Southwest geo-political zone to produce the National Chairman of the platform in the forthcoming December 9 national convention. To the north however, caution is the word as all aspirants from the zone are craving their support.

Although, this does not foreclose the fact that the South-South zone is also interested in the position while the Southeast is yet to show interest, various positions taken so far by some northern PDP leaders have not debunked the hint that it will eventually endorse the Southwest to fill the position.

But in what is unmistakably a huge endorsement of the ambition of former Minister of Education, Prof. Tunde Adeniran, a founding member of the PDP and elder statesman, Mallam Adamu Ciroma, gave him the nod.


Ciroma followed in the footsteps of the likes of Prof. Jerry Gana; former Governor of Kano State, Alhaji Ibrahim Shekarau; former Deputy President of the Senate; Alhaji Ibrahim Mantu among other PDP northern stalwarts who have at various instances, endorsed aspirants from the Southwest.

Describing Adeniran as a man that can be trusted, judging by his pedigree, track-record of discipline, integrity and loyalty to the course of the PDP and Nigeria at large, Ciroma said what the country needs at this point is purposeful leadership.

Speaking over the weekend when the Tunde Adeniran Campaign Organisation (TACO), paid him a courtesy visit in Abuja, Ciroma, a former governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) said he had followed with keen interest, Adeniran’s career since his days as a lecturer at the University of Ibadan and also when he served as Secretary of the Mass Mobilization for Self Reliance, Social Justice and Economic Recovery (MAMSER).

Ciroma added that it was a privilege also for him to see great Nigerians like Gana, Mantu, former Ministers Fidelia Njeze, Zainab Maina, Tom Aguiyi Ironsi, the Director-General of the campaign, Alhaji Shehu Musa Gabam, and considerable numbers of former federal lawmakers and government officials across the six geo-political zone, who were on Adeniran’s team, working together to work for a common goal of rescuing the PDP after the 2015 defeat.

Said he, “From what I see today, it is very clear that the dream of the founding fathers of the PDP is very much alive and that means there is hope for our party and Nigeria as a whole.” 

On the need to promote the unity and oneness of Nigeria, he tasked Adeniran and his team to uphold the principle of unity in diversity, which Nigeria’s founding fathers based the country.

Gana disclosed that from the research and findings conducted by the leaders of the PDP “The result shows that the party needs a transparent, disciplined, dedicated, experienced and loyal leader, which Adeniran portrays.”

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Mallam Adamu Ciroma
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