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IBB, Jonathan wade into South West PDP discord

Ahead of tomorrow’s national convention of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), two former Heads of State General Ibrahim Babangida and President Goodluck Jonathan, have begun prevailing on the leadership to concede the position of national chairman to the South-West, based on the political grouping’s Port Harcourt agreement and zoning principle.

The South-South, until yesterday, was yet to show any sign it would compromise. The former acting national chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, who is also in the race and believed to have the backing of Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike and others, is still canvassing support.

A meeting by South-West stakeholders on Wednesday, which continued till yesterday, indicated the zone could reach a truce and prune down its six national chairmanship aspirants to two.

A source privy to the meeting disclosed to The Guardian that erstwhile military president, Babangida, and Jonathan intervened at the Wednesday session where two of the aspirants, Jimi Agbaje and Prof. Taoheed Ladoja, were said to have agreed to stand down, while former governors of Ogun and Oyo states, Otunba Gbenga Daniel and Alhaji Rasheed Ladoja, were yet to decide.

The Guardian, DECEMBER 8, 2017



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