Patrick Osadebamwen, Abuja
Decision by the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to zone the office of the chairman to any specific state, ahead of elections at its national convention, is an indirect form of imposition says Professor Taoheed Adedoaja.
Adedoja, who is an aspirant for the chairmanship of the Party, and hails from Oyo state, said in Abuja that imposition had forced many people out of the party.
He pointed out that before joining the race; he has made wide consultation with former leaders of the party to understand reasons behind problems that have bedevilled the party.
Prof. Adedoja, who said the field should be left open for all candidates to contest to enable the people make a popular choice said “if any leader in the southwest agreed to zone the chairman to Oyo, my home state or Lagos, I will kick against it”.
“The position of the National chairman is so sensitive and important for its occupant to be a product of any form of zoning which will not afford the candidate the opportunity to actually interact with people from across the political formations of the party.
“The office should be made competitive to the extent that any aspirant to such office should go round the country and seek the support of the people and not become a product of some people leaders”, he warned.
Adedoja also said that in his quest for political office, both at state and national level, he has pursued the path of peace and non-violence in his campaign even when he losses such election.
He insisted that any candidate for the office of the chairman must believe in fairness, equity and rule of law in all that he does.
He said humility should define the code of conduct of any leader and to lead a party as the PDP, you need to understand the diversity and culture of the country.
Prof. Adedoja, who said he has the support of PDP members from Oyo state to contest for the office of the chairman, also said he is eminently qualified to occupy the office.