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Returning members split Plateau PDP, Nat’l Secretariat

By Taye Obateru

Jos—A realignment of forces that would see many top politicians in Plateau State return to People’s Democratic Party, PDP, ahead of the 2015 elections, has commenced.

Vanguard gathered that many politicians, who left the party before the last election, are set to return despite attempts by some top members of the party in the state to shut them out.

The state PDP Chairman, Dr. Haruna Dabin, had said the party would not welcome those who worked against it in the last general election just as Governor Jonah Jang asked such politicians to remain where they were and form a strong opposition against PDP.

However, the national secretariat of the party, sources said, views the matter differently and feels those willing to return to the party should not be shut out. It was learnt that PDP was planning to set up a committee to reach out to the former members to convince them to rejoin.

This, it was further learnt, gingered politicians to begin consultations on likely candidates for the governorship seat, which would become vacant at the end of Jang’s second tenure in 2015.

Names of possible contenders are already flying around with politicians from the Southern Senatorial District, where the next governor is expected to come from, dominating discussions.

2015 guber hopeful

Those being bandied as possible candidates include a former governor, a former Speaker and ex-member of the House of Representatives, a senator and a serving commissioner said to be likely to receive Jang’s endorsement.

A source close to one of the meetings held in Jos told Vanguard that what was being done was to sound people out and come up with credible candidates who will be acceptable across the state.

The source said: “You know we have been through crisis and animosities have been created among the people. So we are thinking of people who will enjoy the confidence of citizens across religious or ethnic divides and return the state to the era of peace and mutual love.

“We are not into anything serious yet because 2015 is still some time away. But we are starting consultations ahead of time to ensure that the best candidate eventually emerges.”

However, an aide of the governor who craved anonymity, described any talk on 2015 election as premature and distracting to the administration.



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