Former minister of information, Chief Dapo Sarumi, and former Minister of Aviation, Chief Ebenezer Babatope, are the latest aspirants in the race for the position of national secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
This follows the approval of the dates and guidelines for the congresses and national convention of the PDP.
At its 56th National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting in Abuja last week, the party had announced dates for the conduct of congresses from the ward to national level, and which would culminate in the party’s national convention on February 25, 2012.
Both Saraki and Babatope would have to contend with the incumbent Ekiti State chairman of the PDP, Chief Bola Olu-Ojo.
The PDP’s national caucus had earlier zoned the position of the national secretary to the South-West as compensation, after the zone lost the speakership of the House of Representatives to Aminu Tambuwal from the North-West zone on June 6 2011.
The candidates’ handbills are already in circulation, with several copies dumped at the PDP national secretariat in Abuja.
Sarumi is a founding member and financier of the party in Lagos State, who lost the contest for governor of the state to Bola Ahmed Tinubu in 1999, before former president Olusegun Obasanjo appointed him a minister.
He was, however, sent packing from the federal cabinet following the uproar over the death of a couple on the Lekki expressway in Lagos, after his convoy collided with the newlyweds’ vehicle.