The former Governor of Ogun State and Chairman Kresta Laurel Limited, Otunba (Engr.) Gbenga Daniel may join the race for the National Chairmanship position of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Already, a group made up of former and serving Governors, National Assembly members and committee of Ex-Ministers known as ‘Reformers’ have been holding consultative meetings across the country to set the ground for his emergence at the forthcoming National Convention of the party scheduled for August 17, 2016 in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
A member of the group who spoke on the condition of anonymity disclosed that a committee has already been set up, headed by two serving governors to liaise with the various party caucuses.
The major opposition party, PDP, has been embroiled in leadership crisis since the party lost the presidential election in 2015. Various efforts aimed at unifying the party have resulted in fresh uprising.
In May, a national convention held in Rivers State to elect new set of national officers for the party ended in a stalemate and resulted into the dissolution of the National Working Committee and constitution of a National Caretaker Committee headed by Senator Ahmed Makarfi.
Recalls that the National Caucus of the Peoples Democratic Party has fixed August 17 for its national convention.
The convention, like the May 21 controversial national convention, according to the Chairman of the party’s National Caretaker Committee, Ahmed Makarfi, will also hold in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
Makarfi, who briefed journalists after the meeting, added that the caucus agreed that the next national chairman of the party would come from the South.
He said this decision was reached in order to balance the power equation in the party since it had been agreed that the party’s presidential candidate would come from the North in 2019.
During the last botched national convention, the party had zoned the office of the national chairman to the North-West, an action that was protested by the leaders of the party from the South-West.
The zone was initially billed to produce the national chairman until the then National Chairman, Modu Sheriff, showed interest in the position.
The former governor of Borno State was also believed to have arm-twisted the party and its national zoning committee to zone the office to his geopolitical zone.
He later emerged as the sole chairmanship candidate from the zone.