ONDO PDP Chair; Why Fatai Adams is the Best By Olaseeni Oyesusi The race for the state chairmanship of the main opposition Peoples Democratic
ONDO PDP Chair; Why Fatai Adams is the Best
By Olaseeni Oyesusi
The race for the state chairmanship of the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Ondo State has kicked off while the Aspirants are gathering momentum for the poll.
This is coming ahead of the October 10 governorship election in the state.
Congresses of the party in the state has been slated for 5th August, 2020.
The contenders include a former national leader of the party, Dennis Alonge-Niyi, the incumbent Deputy Chairman, Fatai Adams and a former House of Representatives member, Dr Lad Ojomo.
Already, the incumbent state Chairman, Hon Clement Faboyede, who is from Ondo Central Senatorial District has informed party stakeholders that he would not be re-contesting.
It was also reliably gathered that the position of the State Chairman has been zoned to Ondo North Senatorial District. Ondo Central has occupied the seat for 13 years.
With the zoning of the Chairman to Ondo North, the governorship seat, has come to the central with the victory of Eyitayo Jegede SAN in the primary election.
The party is banking on the voting strength of either Ondo Central or Ondo South for its governorship candidate.
The state has 1,546,081 registered voters while Ondo Central has the largest number of voters with 39.78 percent or 615,157; followed by Ondo South, which has 33.12 percent or 511,998 voters.
The party won both senatorial districts in the 2019 National Assembly elections.
The leaders are said to have prevailed on Dr Ojomo to step down to narrow the contest between him Niyi Alonge and Fatai Adams.
The party’s Director of Media and Publicity, Zadok Akintoye, in a statement confirmed that the incumbent would not be re-contesting in the march congress of the party.
Akintoye said this was “ in furtherance of the state chairman’s desire to ensure that our party unites as we approach the coming gubernatorial elections.
According to him “the State Chairman Engr. Clement Faboyede has informed all party members of his intention not to re-contest for the position of state chairman of the party in the coming congresses.
“The Chairman wishes to inform party members that the coming congresses will be free and fair and based on the age long tradition of the PDP which will ultimately ensure rancour-free congresses and smooth primaries.
“He also assures of his absolute impartiality in ensuring that all aspirants of the party are given equal and fair treatment in their aspiration to seek the mandate of the party.
“In line with his directive, all leaders are hereby advised to ensure that the processes of nominations of executive members across the 203 Wards and 18 local government areas must be fair and impartial.
“Any aspirant unsatisfied with what has been done at the Ward, Local Government or State level is free to approach the disciplinary committees at the Ward/Local/State levels and will also be free to contest the congress.
Faboyede who thanked all members for their support and for their sacrifices towards the success of the party in the next elections encouraged them to place the success of the party above all individual aspirations.
Meanwhile, from all indication, Hon Fatai Adams is texted and trusted having served diligently in the outgoing executive as the Vice Chairman. Since inception and up till now, he has never been found wanting to the extent that the Chairman, Clement Faboyede has never complained about his person. He has also ganered enough experience and political maturity to sustain the unity and peace already existing in the party.
It is also worthy of notes that a dependable, capable and full of strategies personality is required to chair the major opposition party in the state as the governorship election is around the corner.