Ahead of its national convention, the leaders of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) from North Central have endorsed the former President of the Senate, Dr Iyorchia Ayu, as National Chairman of the party.
The party leaders made this announcement on Tuesday night shortly after the North Central Stakeholders meeting held in Abuja and lasted for several hours.
Disclosing the decision of the leaders, while addressing newsmen, the Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom explained that their criteria were someone with capacity, commitment, love and passion for the party.
He said: “Amongst the five persons that were contesting, the leadership of our party from North Central unanimously agreed to sponsor former Senate President, Dr Iyorchia Ayu, to be National Chairman of our party from the North Central.
“There was no voting, we all agreed that he is the right person for this job at this time.”
He disclosed that today, Wednesday, the Northern stakeholders of the party will meet, where they will present their choice of party National Chairman to the Northern caucus of PDP.
“I think by the grace of God they will also accept him. Other geopolitical zones are free to present their candidate, we will discuss and agree,” he said.
Ortom, however, disclosed that the stakeholders meeting of North Central PDP is in continuation of finding consensus candidates for the National chairmanship of the party.
At the meeting were; former Presidents of the Senate, David Mark, Bukola Saraki and Iyocha Ayu
Others include; former Kogi State Governor, Idris Ibrahim, the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan, former Governor of Niger State, Babangida Aliyu; former Kwara State Governor, Abdulfatai Ahmed and Board of Trustees Chairman, Walid Jubrin.
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