South-West leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party have agreed that they will not seat and watch Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, Governor of Ondo State and Mr. Ayodele Fayose, Governor of Ekiti State, impose the next national chairman of the party on them.
They agreed that they would meet in Ibadan before the party’s national convention slatted for August 17 at Port Harcourt, Rivers State, to pick the candidate of their choice for the position.
Chief Makanjuola Ogundipe, The South-West Zonal Chairman of the party, stated this in an interview on Wednesday.
Chief Ogundipe, on behalf of officers of the party in the zone, described the meeting hosted by Mimiko and Fayose in Akure on Monday as a “nullity ad non-inclusive.”
He said “We won’t allow Mimiko and Fayose to impose any national chairman on members of the party from the zone and the country in general. The Akure meeting is a nullity because they didn’t even allow the genuine delegates to have access to the venue of the meeting.
“A meeting that was dominated by non-delegates to the national convention, statutory delegates were barred and so on, cannot be said to be in the interest of the party in our zone. It is said that even when a court of competent jurisdiction gave a valid judgement that our executive should be in office till 2018, the governors are disregarding it.
“We won’t go anywhere if we continue to choose the judgement to obey and the one to disregard. We are therefore meeting at Ibadan this week to take a constitutional decision on the issue.”