Jimi Agbaje emerges as PDP consensus candidate

The leadership tussle in the People’s Democratic Party seem to have no end in sight.

The case was further complicated when an Abuja high court nullified the Makarfi led leadership and recognizing Senator Ali Modu Sherrif as its national chairman.

The Makarfi leadership had zoned the Presidency to the North and the chairmanship position to the south.

This formula threw up such political heavyweights as Gbenga Daniel, Chief Raymond Dokpesi and Chief Olabode George.

However, party stalwarts are seriously considering a two-time governorship candidate in Lagos State, Mr. Jimi Agbaje, as their national chairman.

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Recall that PDP has fixed August 17, 2016 for its national for convention slated to hold in Port Harcourt.

They will also elect a new leadership that will take over from the current caretaker committee.

PDP governors are set to be backing Agbaje.

One PDP chieftain stated that “Agbaje commands respect and has remained above board.

“PDP has zoned the chairmanship post to the south.

“It is therefore our intention to go ahead with the national convention on August 17.

“We have decided to back a candidate whose integrity cannot be questioned and who will provide the vision to present the PDP as a reformed party.”

Dokpesi is particularly forceful in his push for PDP top job.

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He has also lashed out at President Buhari claiming that “Many of these politicians were jailed 200 to 300 years by Buhari when he came on board.

“The same thing is playing out today.

“What I am accused of is like someone questioning a hotelier for accepting money from a lodger.

“How could a hotelier determine the source of the money he is being paid with?

“I don’t want to dwell much on the subject.

“The matter is before a competent court of law.

“At the appropriate time, I will be vindicated.”

The party leadership prefers Agbaje since he is not answering to any court case.

His neutrality in the current leadership struggle is yet another factor in his favor.

Sheriff on the hand is still contesting his removal as PDP National chairman.