**Adeniran on fire over lopsided Congress C’ttees composition
***Insists South West must produce chairman
***Threatens to back out of peace pact
A contestant for the chairmanship position in the forthcoming Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) national convention, Professor Tunde Adeniran has threatened that anybody who undermines the effort of the South West at producing the next chairman will be doing so at his own peril.
Also, Adeniran accused the Senator Ahmed Makarfi-led National Caretaker Committee of giving undue advantage to one of the chairmanship aspirants, Uche Secondus in the composition of the adhoc committees set to conduct the congresses that would produce delegates.
Adeniran, who is one of the eight aspirants, jostling for the PDP chairmanship spoke MonPDPday through the Director General of his campaign team, Shehu Gabam at a press conference in Abuja.
His words:”The chairmanship of PDP must go to the South west. Anyone who underestimates the South west, you must be doing so at his own peril. By consensus, this chairmanship must go to the South west. Whoever emerges, so be it.”
The former Minister of Education also threatened to pull out from the peace pact signed by all chairmanship aspirants of the party should there be any attempt to derail commitment to a transparent convention
According to him, some of Secondus supporters were favoured by the party leadership to conduct congresses to produce delegates for December 9 national convention.
“There is lopsidedness in the composition of the list of the adhoc committee that was published last week.
“A particular state has members in that list and some of them are the leading campaigners for Secondus.
“We as campaign organization was not consulted to bring one or two persons and I am sure other aspirants were not consulted too.
“So we find it very funny and realized that the spirit behind the signing of the MOU was not respected by the party itself, not the aspirants.
“This is not a very good spirit, this is not a good leadership. Nobody has the monopoly of determining issues.
“We don’t want to be seen as overheating the system but the party should be seen to be providing cohesive and strong leadership.
“From Rivers, they have Senator George Sekibo, Austin Okpara, Dr ThankGod Danagogo, Chief Kenneth Ubani and in all this, you can see Emeka Ihedioha leading the campaign for Secondus on that adhoc committee list that was constituted.
“Now you have just one chairmanship aspirants having his men deeply entrenched in a system that would determine how the delegates will emerge.
“This is an indirect way of shortchanging other aspirants and this is not good for the party. Any way, we were not part of it, this is what the party did and published on their own.
“The party should provide equal base for all aspirants and I want to say that we disagree with the composition of this list.
“If there is any attempt to derail commitment to a transparent convention, then we will not stand by that MOU we signed,” Gabam said.