Jimi Agbaje pulls back from chairmanship race


Agbaje's pullback comes scarcely 24 hours after another PDP chieftain, Chief Bode George dropped out of the race.

Previous Lagos State governorship applicant, Mr Jimi Agbaje, has pulled back from the chairmanship race of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the gathering's national tradition commences at the Eagle Square, Abuja, on Saturday, December 9, 2017. 

Agbaje put forth the declaration in an announcement posted on twitter short of what one hour prior however dated Friday, December 8. 

His pull-back comes scarcely 24 hours after another PDP chieftain, Chief Bode George dropped out of the race. 

As indicated by him, he is pulling back from the race to build the odds of a victor rising up out of the South-West geo-political zone. 

An aggregate of nine competitors is competing for the position, with 7 of them from the South West. 

Agbaje said the number would conflict with the zone, encouraging different competitors from the South West to haul out of the race keeping in mind the end goal to chop the number down to only two. 

The announcement peruses: 

"Our incredible gathering, The Peoples Democratic Party has from the beginning, embraced certain standards of zoning which have equally adjusted workplaces among the nation's geopolitical zones. In accordance with such zoning and different parameters I have, at various fora, communicated my solid conviction that the following National Chairman of our extraordinary gathering should originate from the South West. 

I am however persuaded that with 7 out of each of the 9 applicants originating from the South West, this assortment of contenders will work to the disservice of our zone with regards to voting. Representatives' votes part 7 ways won't deliver a director from the South West. It, in this manner, winds up plainly important to prune our numbers down to close to two. 

With under 24 hours to the tradition, I have horrendously chosen to pull back from the race trusting that others will go along with me in cutting down the number to such an extent that the South West can have a battling possibility of securing the National Chairmanship of the PDP. 

The help from serving and past governors, legislators, individuals from the House of Representatives, ladies, youth and assessment pioneers has been gigantic. While truly saying thanks to them for their unfazed dependability, I sympathize with the considerable frustration they should feel at this choice. I argue that we as a whole put the general enthusiasm of PDP first. 

I vow my help to whoever rises as the national director as decided at the national tradition. 

Mercifully take this letter as my formal notice of withdrawal from the race for National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party".

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