By Dirisu Yakubu
ABUJA- The chairmen of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the 19 northern states and the FCT have rejected the recommendation of the Northern PDP Elders and Leaders Forum that the national chairmanship seat of the party be sub-zoned the South-West.
The chairmen, who announced their position after a meeting in Abuja, however, threw their weight behind the zoning of two principal positions – the Presidency to the North and the chairmanship to the South as agreed at the party’s National Convention in Port Harcourt last year.
Chairman, Forum of PDP State Chairmen in the North, Hassan Hyat, in a chat with journalists after the meeting, said the forum “rejected any move to sub-zone the seat to any particular zone.
“The position cannot be sub-zoned to a particular zone in the south because that will disenfranchise other contestants. We, as state chairmen, cannot be party to any micro-zoning.
“The party’s decision at the Port Harcourt Convention is final and binding on all. No one has the right to change or tamper with it.
“The party’s decision is that all parts of the south should be given the opportunity to present their candidates so that delegates can choose the best material for the position of National Chairman.
“We stand by that position and and have resolved to reject any sub-zoning to a particular area,” Hyat stated.
While urging those seeking the party positions to “understand that power comes from God,” the forum enjoined those whose ambition might suffer setback to be prepared to accept whoever God ordains to lead the PDP.
On the expected return of former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, to the PDP, Mr. Hyat said that it was a “beautiful development,” adding that “Atiku is back and we are all happy to have him on board once again.”
Meanwhile, the Professor Tunde Adeniran Campaign Organization has dismissed the Northern Youths Concerned Politicians of PDP like-minds, as a bunch of unknown in the political circle.
In an exclusive chat with Sunday Vanguard, Director General of the campaign organisation, Shehu Gabam dismissed the position of the youths insisting that at no point was the issue of which zone to support for the chairmanship was discussed at the meeting of the northern elders and leaders forum which held on Thursday/ Friday last week.
“The youths you are talking about, who are they and who knows them? How could people of substance gather to talk and some unknown persons would counter them,” he asked, even as he warned on the dangers of manipulating the system in favour of a preferred candidate.
While noting that he has never heard of the name, Danni Kutigi (spokesperson of the youth group), Gabam urged the leadership of the party to conduct a convention devoid of manipulations.
“If the process is manipulated, the PDP will die a natural death. The PDP needs a new image, a new name, not somebody that can be tossed around by his atrocities and past records,” he added.