Two days to the national convention of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), there are strong indications that
the six aspirants in the race for the National Chairmanship from the South-West may reach a consensus and present a sole candidate for the position before Saturday’s Convention.
The hint was dropped by former Governor of Oyo State and one of the aspirants, Senator Rasheed Ladoja, after a brief meeting with his co-contestant from Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel.
The closed-door meeting was held at the Abuja residence of Daniel on Thursday morning.
According to Ladoja, the move to prune the number of aspirants for the position started sometimes ago. “It is part of my responsibility to consult with interested parties and I have been meeting with them. We had a meeting yesterday which we are going to continue today. By the grace of God, we shall produce one candidate before Saturday’s Convention”.
“I have been to all the aspirants and it’s going to be a collective decision among the entire Southwest aspirants particularly as our Northern brothers and sisters said they prefer Southwest, we should help them. During my consultations with our Northern party men, they said we prefer Southwest but give us a candidate”, he stressed.
When asked about who the consensus candidate could be and who and who are expected to facilitate the move, Ladoja said such decisions are taken at the wee hours of the election.
“The six of us will talk among ourselves and come to an understanding”, he concluded.