Robert Negoita steps aside from running for PSD chairman position. A second contender withdraws, too
Two days after he announced his intention to run for the ruling Social Democrat Party presidency, District 3 mayor Robert Negoita informed he would step aside and he would join Liviu Dragnea’s team and support him to win the party chairman position.
“Today, my colleague Liviu Dragnea announced his intention to run for the PSD chairman seat. Under these circumstances I am withdrawing my candidature for this position,” Negoita told a short video message posted on Facebook Wednesday night.
“I am part of Liviu Dragnea’s team and I endorse him together with the entire PSD Bucharest branch,” he added.
Robert Negoita, who is also chairman of the PSD Bucharest branch, informed on September 22 that he decided to run for the PSD chairman position, arguing the party it’s “in a delicate situation”, with an interim leader convicted and the premier sent to court.
Negoita’s notice was a huge surprise for the entire party, the more that he declared his support for Dragnea since September 10, when he won the leadership of the Bucharest Social Democrat organization.
Negoita’s move also took Dragnea by surprise, local media reporting the two of them had an uptight discussion at the party’s headquarters on Tuesday.
PSD Senator Seban Nicolae, also running for the party’s president position, gave up his intentions also on Thursday. According to Social Democrat parties quoted by local news agencies, Serban Nicolae sent a critical letter to the party’s leadership, accusing that the organization of the Congress “is deeply damaged” and asking PSD leaders to stop the entire procedure. He claims that the new stipulations regarding the party’s chairman election are not transparent and don’t offer candidates the chance to present their vision over the party.