By Felix Nwadioha, Emmanuel Oloniruha
The 11 Governors of Peoples Democratic (PDP), Sunday, held a crucial closed door meeting in Enugu with the eight national chairmanship aspirants of the party ahead of the Dec. 9 national convention of the party.
The governors are Ishaku Darius, Taraba; Dankwambo Ibrahim, Gombe; and Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti, who is also Chairman of PDP Governors Forum.
Others are Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, Enugu; Okezie Ikpeazu, Abia; Ifeanyi Okowa, Delta, Nyesom Wike, Rivers, Emmanuel Udom, Akwa Ibom; and Ben Ayade of Cross River.
The others are Ebonyi Governor, represented by his deputy, and Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa.
The eight national chairmen aspirants in attendance are, Raymond Dokpesi, Bode George, Jimi Agbaje, Taoheed Adedoja, Tunde Adeniran, Uche Secondus, Gbenga Daniel and Rasheed Ladoja
Also in the meeting were former governors Gabriel Suswam, Godswill Akpabio and Sule Lamido.
The others were Kema Chikwe, former Senate President, Adolphus Wabara, Tom Ikimi, and Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu.
Meanwhile, Chief Raymond Dokpesi, one of the National Chairmanship aspirants, has said that all the eight chairmanship aspirants would sign a peace accord as part of their commitment towards a successful convention.
Dokpesi, the founder of Daar Communications, disclosed this in an interview with newsmen after the PDP Governors Forum met with all aspirants in Enugu, which ended at the early hours of Monday.
Dokpesi disclosed that all the aspirants had agreed to sign the peace accord at the party’s national secretariat, Wadata Plaza, Abuja, by 4 p.m.
He described the move as part of efforts by the aspirants to ensure that the party comes out of the convention stronger and more united.
“With that accord being signed we are going to look forward to a very peaceful and harmonious convention.”
Asked if the issue of zoning came up at the meeting of the forum with the aspirants, Dokpesi said the party was explicit enough on the issue of zoning.
He said that while the party’s presidential ticket was zoned to the North, the position of chairman was zoned to the South, without specific reference to states or geopolitical regions.
He said that the candidates had agreed to work together
“After the zoning principle, all the aspirants have agreed to work together to come up with a common position. Anybody can contest.
“If the party in its wisdom and the aspirants agreed within themselves and notified the party early enough that would be fine.”
Also asked if the issue of a consensus candidate was deliberated on at the meeting, Dokpesi said “no, but that did not mean there were no discussions among the aspirants.
“Today on the way forward, a few of the aspirants met in the morning and in the afternoon and discussed which solution can be adopted.”
Dokpesi added that following the meeting, he would go ahead with his campaign and consultation to fulfill his ambition.
The Governor of Ekiti and Chairman of the Forum, Mr Ayodele Fayose, said that the party’s national convention, scheduled for Dec. 9, would be a world class event that other political parties would emulate.
Fayose said that the party had worked hard and it has all it takes to win Saturday’s Anambra Governorship election.
“We are using this opportunity to demand that the election should be credible. It should not only be credible but seen to be credible.
“We want to believe that Nigeria is of age to organise an election that is acceptable at home and internationally, on Nov. 18 in Anambra,” Fayose added
In attendance at the meeting were the Chairman of the party’s National Caretaker Committee, Sen. Ahmed Makarfi and all the PDP governors, except the Ebonyi state governor who was represented by his deputy.
Other aspirants at the meeting were Chief Bode George, Gbenga Daniel, Prince Uche Secondus, Prof. Tunde Adeniran, Jimi Agbaje, Taoheed Adedoja and Rashid Ladoja.