- The race for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chairmanship position is gathering momentum across the nation
- PDP leaders from the north have advised delegates from the region to only vote candidates from the south-west region for the chairmanship position
- The leaders took the stance after met in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leaders from the north have advised delegates from the region to only vote aspirants from the south-west region for the chairmanship position in the upcoming national convention of the party scheduled for Saturday, December 9.
This was the position of the Northern Elders and Leaders Forum after a marathon meeting in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja on Thursday, November 30.
In a communique issued at the end of the meeting and seen by NAIJ.com, the forum which was well attended by notable elders and leaders of the party from all the states of the northern region, noted that capable and competent aspirants from the southwest should be identified and supported for the chairmanship position.
Part of the communique read: “After extensive deliberations, it was resolved that, in the spirit of fairness, equity, carrying every part of the country along, giving every geo-political zone a sense of participation and inclusion in the affairs of the PDP, we strongly support the quest of the southwest geo-political zone to produce the next national chairman of the party.
“In line with our resolve to rebuild and re-position the PDP, we urge delegates from all the northern states to abide by this decision and vote for only aspirants from the southwest geo-political zone in the forthcoming national convention, in the best interest of the party. This is without prejudice to the right of aspirants from other geo-political zones to contest.”
The forum headed by a former governor of Kano state, Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau also called on all members of the party to accord the National Caretaker Committee (NCC) the required support to conduct a credible, transparent, free and fair convention.
Meanwhile, the national caretaker chairman of the PDP, Senator Ahmed Makarfi, has disclosed that aspirants with pending cases in court will not be disqualified from contesting the national chairmanship position.
Markafi made the declaration while responding to questions from newsmen on Saturday, November 11 in Kaduna, when Otunba Gbenga Daniel alongside his campaign entourage paid him a courtesy visit.
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