- Former national chairman of PDP, Ahmadu Ali, and Ahmed Makarfi, have taken different stances on the party’s zoning for 2019 presidency
- Ali argued in favour of the next national chairman of the party from the southwest geopolitical zone while Makarfi said the position was zoned to the south
- Ahead of its convention, the party has zoned its national chairmanship position to the south and the presidency to the north
The former national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Ahmadu Ali has argued in favour of electing the next chairman of the party from the southwest geopolitical zone.
The party leaders, at a consultative meeting in Abuja on Tuesday, October 10, urged aspirants not to violate the zoning arrangement, agreed upon for the party’s national convention and 2019 general elections.
They added that the party paid dearly for violating such in the 2015 presidential election.
The party has zoned its national chairmanship position to the south and the presidential ticket to the north.
He said: “It’s either we choose our next national chairman from the Southwest or we forget about PDP.
“We must be ready to ensure that at the convention, the main issue, which is the national chairmanship of the party, is well handled. If we don’t vote the Southwest, we can as well forget the PDP.”
The former PDP chairman maintained that the way forward for the PDP is to remain united and warned against unauthorised divisive meetings among certain members for selfish reasons.
On his part, Makarfi restated the commitment of the party to respect the various zoning arrangements, adding however that those bent on going against the zoning arrangement should be allowed to please themselves.
He said the position was zoned to the south and that micro zoning is not binding.
A former minister of information, Prof Jerry Gana, warned against impunity and imposition of candidates to avoid a repeat of past mistakes.
Those present at the meeting include former governors Ibrahim Idris and Idris Wada (Kogi); ex governor Ramalan Yero (Kaduna); Babangida Aliyu (Niger); and Ibrahim Shema( Katsina).
Others include former ministers Abba Moro, Adamu Maina Waziri Zainab Maina, Chief Fidelis Tapgun, former deputy president of the Senate, Ibrahim Mantu, former national Woman Leader, Ina Ciroma and the chairman of the BoT, Senator Walid Jibri.
According to a previous report by NAIJ.com, the recent endorsement of former Ogun state governor, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, for the national chairmanship of the PDP, by former head of state, Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida aka IBB, has generated controversy.
Babangida had declared his support for Daniel on Wednesday, October 4, during a visit by the former Ogun governor, to his Minna hilltop mansion.
IBB described the former governor as the ‘breathe of fresh air’ the party needs at the moment.
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