Use free and fair presidential primaries to avert crisis in PDP – Agbeje counsels the party


Many have expressed worry over the influx of presidential aspirants from the APC to the PDP fearing the bigweights may cause problems if they failed to get their heart’s desire, the presidential ticket. Many of those decamping tend to see President Muhammadu Buhari of the APC as easy to defeat and thus fluck into a vantage position to knock him out.

The fear however is that not all of them would be candidate at the same time. How then would they be contented to be losers or ministers?

A man who has tasted loss before, Olujimi Agbaje, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate in 2015 governorship election in Lagos State, has thus given the recipe for peace, stressing for a free, fair and credible national convention of the party ahead the 2019 general elections.
Agbaje stated this Monday, September 3, 2018, at Toru-Orua in Sagbama Local Government Area of Bayelsa State during a condolence visit on Governor Henry Seriake Dickson over the loss of his mother, Gold Coast Dickson.

A statement by Dickson’s Special Adviser on Media Relations, Fidelis Soriwei, said Agbaje noted that there would be no internal conflicts in the PDP if the accreditation, voting and entire processes at the convention were to be transparent and credible.
He described the array of presidential aspirants jostling for the party flag as the beauty of democracy and making of choices and noted that the party was not losing sleep over it, but said the party looked forward to a peaceful, free, fair and transparent national convention.
He stated: “Democracy is about choices. What normally creates a problem is when people feel the process isn’t fair. If for example, on the day of  the convention, accreditation goes well, there is no contest about who the delegates are and then people go out to vote peacefully, then the exercise will be seen to be free and fair.

“The idea of having many aspirants is good for our democracy. I don’t think we should lose sleep if there are many aspirants.”

Agbaje described the death of Dickson’s mother as painful in view of the close relationship that existed between her and her children including the governor and urged him to be consoled by the fact that she lived an exemplary life.

Describing Governor Dickson as a friend and a good party leader, he expressed gratitude for his invaluable contributions towards promoting internal democracy within the PDP, particularly the supportive role he played during his governorship election in 2015.

In response, Governor Dickson thanked Agbaje for taking out time to visit his country home to commentate with his family on the death of his mother saying the death has created a huge vacuum in the family that would be difficult to fill.

Dickson states that the burial arrangements would be announced soon while acknowledging the importance of mothers and that the family was encouraged by the visits and prayers of sympathizers.