Abuja, Nov. 14, 2017(TNE) The national chairmanship aspirants of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Tuesday signed a peace accord as part of their commitments toward a successful and violent-free national convention on Dec. 9.
On the occasion held at the party’s secretariat in Abuja, the National Chairman, PDP National Caretaker Committee, Sen. Ahmed Makarfi, advised contestants to contribute to the success of the convention.
He said that although the party is not averse to consensus, it will not impose any candidate or force any decision on anybody.
“Yes, we want the convention to be transparent, free and fair. We also want the convention to be conducted in good time because keeping delegates for two days will be big issue.
“So, it will be in order if people talk among themselves, especially where lower positions can be resolved at home by contending aspirants; so that those positions that are highly competitive may be the one that will involve election.
“Even if it is a single candidate, there will be election, but you know that PDP as a family, must talk to one another and try to minimise the hardship of the process,” Makarfi said.
He added that the event had confirmed the pledge of the aspirants to work together and support whoever wins.
He denied rumours that PDP governors and party leaders wanted to impose an aspirant, saying their focus is how to go into the convention in unity and come out as one family.
Mr Rasheed Ladoja, speaking for the eight aspirants, assured that the convention would be smooth and would not break the party or cause members to defect.
He said that all the aspirants have been working to ensure that their supporters “do not heat the polity.”
“We are trying as much as possible to ensure that our supporters conduct themselves in a way that they do not annoy other supporters, not to talk of other contestants.
“We would try as much as possible to contribute our quota to the convention and the party in general before, during and after the convention.
The aspitants who signed the accord were Raymond Dokpesi, Jimi Agbaje, Taoheed Adedoja, Tunde Adeniran, Uche Secondus, Gbenga Daniel and Rasheed Ladoja.
Meanwhile, Chief Bode George, who was the only aspirant not present on the occasion according to Makarfi, had sent his apologies and promised to sign as soon as he is back in Abuja.