‘No preferred aspirant in Southwest PDP’
The leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the Southwest has dissociated itself from the purported endorsement of some aspirants vying for the national chairmanship of the party in the forthcoming December 9 elective convention.
National Vice-Chairman and regional chairman, Dr. Eddy Olafeso, in a statement in Akure yesterday, described the claim of endorsement by some aspirants as an act of impunity.
According to him, the party “will not support any action that will infringe on the fundamental rights of any party man to aspire to the highest position in the party.
“In furtherance of this, we affirm that all those gentlemen from the Southwest that wish to contest for the position of the National Chairman of the party are at liberty to continue to pursue their ambition without encumbrance or hindrance.”
Olafeso noted that the Board of Trustees (BoT) members of the party were resolute on their decisions not to interfere in the election by allowing all the aspirants to have equal right to contest.
“We however declare that we remain in constant touch with stakeholders in the Southwest who possess the legitimate right to proffer guidance and input required to position and promote the party.“The issue of adopting a common position in the party is a serious action that must take due cognizance of every tendency within the party,” he said.
Olafeso stressed that the party is people-oriented and not the personal estate of a few, warning that the executive would not tolerate any act of impunity from anybody irrespective of their status. “We therefore conclude that no one has been barred from pursuing their ambitions in any manner.”
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