The National leadership of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has assured members that it will not impose its rules on the 17 aspirants in the run-up for the 2022 governorship elections in Ekiti state, adding that they will be allowed to decide for themselves.
The aspirants met with stakeholders at a two-day reconciliation meeting held in Abuja by the Iyorchia Ayu-led National Working Committee to reach an agreement concerning the 2022 elections.
The meeting which began on Monday evening, ended on Tuesday.
The PDP National Publicity Secretary, Debo Ologunagba at the end of the meeting, said, “We are not imposing any position. Ekiti people will decide what they want to do and we will only be a moderator and to help them in achieving the goal of uniting the party.
“The process started well. It is good. We are happy with the outcome so far and with every reason that before the end of the year, we will have a good report to give to Nigerians and then you can raise the hope of Nigerians for what PDP is doing concerning itself and all the differences are coming in the same area.”
“Today the PDP special committee set up for Ekiti reconciliation met with all critical stakeholders for Ekiti Primary election. I would like to inform you that it was a good outing. Everyone spoke their mind. And we are able to come out with an understanding that there is a need for us as a party to be united in Ekiti for the interest of the party and particularly for the interest of Nigerians because you know Nigerians look forward to PDP to create hope for them in the next election cycle and for that reason, we have resolved as a party to apply the Ekiti Principle or what we call Ekiti Formula in the resolution of all the crisis for all perceived in Ekiti.
“All stakeholders agreed to work together in the process. We have agreed that the parties that are involved in it should get back to Ekiti and apply an Ekiti Formula for the resolution of the issues. Meaning they will go back to meet privately to discuss all issues that are raised at the meeting and then report back to the National Working Committee before the end of the year.
“Basically, that’s all for the meeting of today but by the end, it was a very cordial meeting. You could see people were laughing and having banters and in all the areas of crisis and resolutions are coming closer and expect that at the end of their meetings which will be reporting back before the end of the year, that we will have a good story to tell in Ekiti and will purely be resolved by Ekiti Formula,” he said.
Ologunagba added that following the first session of the meeting, there will be a significant drop in the number of aspirants as several of them have agreed to pull out of the race.