From TAIWO AMODU, Abuja
Ahead of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Board of Trustees (BoT) meeting expected to produce a national chairman for the advisory organ of the party, chieftains of the party from South-West are expected to converge on Abuja today for a crucial meeting.
The meeting, according to a Daily Sun source was at the instance of the National Vice Chairman, South-West of the party, Mr. Segun Oni. Also expected at the meeting are former governors, former federal lawmakers and those who are still serving from the zone. The agenda of the meeting is to ensure that the zone supports a single candidate for the office.
The South-West had been polarised into two camps over the choice of chairman for the PDP BoT. The fate of former Osun State governor, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, who was sacked as national secretary of the party last month by a Federal High Court would also come up. Mr. Solomon Onwe, a lawyer, had since taken Prince Oyinlola’s position as acting national secretary.
While former president and immediate past chairman of the board, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo had not relented in his support for former national chairman of the party, Dr Ahmadu Ali, the former deputy national chairman, South-West of the party, Chief Bode George had been leading the camp backing former works minister, Chief Tony Anenih for the exalted position.
The Bode George camp, according to Daily Sun findings, enjoyed the blessings of President Goodluck Jonathan as foot soldiers of Anenih in the South-West to checkmate his estranged political godfather, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo.
The source said: “You know our people have been giving support to two candidates, which has made the zone vulnerable in the scheme of things in the party. “At the meeting, we are going to be frank with our leaders to see reason why we shouldn’t back the wrong choice.” While he was evasive about the identity of the ‘right’ candidate was, the source said the former president Obasanjo would not be at the meeting.
“The right candidate? Well, wait until after our meeting. But you shouldn’t expect Chief Olusegun Obasanjo to come to that gathering. He is our father and leader. We can ßonly go to him to convey our position to him.” Oni confirmed to Daily Sun on phone that a meeting had been scheduled for today but declined comment on the agenda of the meeting. “Yes, we are meeting but it has nothing to do with the choice of chairman for BoT.
Those in BoT, I think they are not more than 10 and can decide among themselves what they want. We want to discuss how we can enhance the chances of the party in our zone in 2015 and review what we have done so far in reconciling our aggrieved members,’’ Oni said.