A group within the Peoples Democratic Party, the Yoruba Youth Vanguard, has appealed to Prof. Tunde Adeniran and other Yoruba contesting the party’s national chairmanship to step down for the former Deputy National Chairman of the party, Chief Olabode George.
This, the group said, would boost Yoruba’s chance of getting the chairmanship position.
In a statement issued on Thursday by its Chairman, Segun Adigun, the group said the appeal became necessary following the alleged withdrawal from the race by Dr. Raymond Dokpesi, leaving only Mr. Uche Secondus as the only aspirant from the South-South.
It said with this development, the battle for the chairmanship of the PDP would be a straight fight between Secondus and George, saying that other aspirants from the South-West should not spoil George’s chance.
The group stated, “We hereby appeal passionately to Prof. Adeniran and other Yoruba aspirants to rally round Chief Bode George in this very crucial and very decisive moment that will determine not only the future of the PDP but equally the future of the Nigerian union and the relevance of the Yoruba people.
“The Yoruba Youth Vanguard believes that reason and selflessness must prevail among all aspirants in other to protect our collective interest and ensure that the prized chairmanship position does not elude us.
“This is the time to put all sentiments and all negative passion aside. Let us be very sincere with ourselves. Let us confront the truth without any partisan motive. Let us dedicate our energy to make sure that the best among the Yoruba aspirants emerges as our consensus candidate. We must never go into this battle as a divided house.”