by Fisayo Falodi
A former Minister of Education, Prof. Tunde
Adeniran, has promised to bring back all those
frustrated out of the Peoples Democratic Party
through impunity and maltreatment, adding that the
party will win the 2019 presidential election.
Adeniran, who is one of the aspirants eyeing the
PDP national chairmanship position, pledged that
the party, under his watch, would also win the
majority of the 36 states of the federation in the
next general election.
A statement by his Director of Media and Publicity,
Mr. Taiwo Akeju, stated that Adeniran spoke while
addressing delegates and other key stakeholders
from the North-Central who paid him a solidarity
visit in Abuja, on Tuesday.
He said, “We are repositioning the PDP to win the
2019 presidential election. Nigerians have tasted
governance by both the PDP and the All
Progressives Congress. Now, they know better.
Under my watch as the national chairman, the PDP
will bounce back to power in 2019.”
The former minister also assured the delegation
that all the PDP members who dumped the party
as a result of the impunity and unfair treatment
meted out to them would be wooed back to the
The statement quoted Adeniran as promising to
reconcile all aggrieved members, ensure internal
democracy and guarantee fairness to all,
irrespective of ethnic leanings.
He identified his plan to resolve the leadership
crisis rocking the party as the major reason why
he indicated interest in becoming the national
chairman of the party.
Adeniran said that the South-West deserved to
produce the next national chairman of the PDP.
According to him, the South-West is the only
region that has not produced the PDP chairman
either in substantive or acting capacity since the
party was formed in 1998.
The former Nigerian ambassador to Germany urged
the delegates to the party’s national convention in
Port Harcourt to trust him, adding that he would
ensure the party’s rebirth.
He also promised to enhance the enthronement of
good governance in the country.
He said the task ahead of the PDP and Nigeria
required “fortitude and experience to help the party
to achieve its objectives.”
Speaking earlier, the delegation from the North-
Central had said that it was fascinated by the
capacity, integrity and experience of the Professor
of Political Science as chronicled in his profile.
Some eminent leaders of the party present at the
event were a former Minister of Police Affairs,
Maj.-Gen. David Jemibewon (retd.); a former
Minister of National Planning, Dr. Suleiman
Abubakar, and a former PDP governorship
candidate in Kwara State, Senator Simeon Ajibola,