Chairmanship: PDP govs meet in Enugu to avert split

Worried by the intense intrigues over the choice of a new National Chairman of the party, governors elected on the platform of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will today meet in Enugu.

The emergency session is expected to address some issues raised by party leaders including fears of imposition of a candidate.

Also, the governors were said to be worried about how to manage the December National Convention in a manner that will not split the party.

Some former governors have already threatened to leave the party if the excesses of a few PDP governors were unchecked.

But one of the leading aspirants, Mr Uche Secondus yesterday said he has no corruption encumbrance which could impede his chances of emerging as the party’s national chairman.

A reliable source, who spoke with our correspondent last night said: “Ahead of the forthcoming national convention, the omen is bad, the intrigues are intense and some of our leaders have not been able to have a common ground on some offices, especially the office of the national chairman.

“A few leaders are even threatening fire and brim stones when we think we should have a united front and reconcile all. Some leaders of the party, including ex-governors, have joined issues with PDP governors.

“This is why PDP governors are meeting in Enugu to take a second look at the intrigues and find solutions which will unite the party.

“The major challenges have to do with the choice of a new national chairman and the 2019 presidential race. There are many contending forces in the party we need to manage the situation to avoid another costly slip.

“Already, one of the governors said President Muhammadu Buhari deserves a second term in office. You can read the handwriting on the wall that we are on the edge as a party.”

Responding to a question, the source added: “The governors are out to tell themselves the home truths because the interest of the party is larger than individual ambitions.”

Meanwhile, Secondus yesterday made the clarification in a statement by his Campaign Office that he has no corruption came against him.

The Nation

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