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More crises over micro zoning of PDP party positions

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More crises is brewing in the main opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the North West zone over alleged moves to deny some candidates the opportunity to contest national offices at the forth coming National Convention through micro zoning of the offices earlier zoned to the North West.

Sources revealed that against the assurance of the Acting National Chairman, Senator Ahmed Mohammed Makarfi that no office should be micro zoned, the office of the National Secretary earlier zoned to Katsina and Kaduna States is being micro zoned to Katsina while the National Women leader earlier zoned to Kebbi, Sokoto and Zamfara States is being micro zoned to Kebbi State.

The source accused Makarfi of deliberately ceding the National Secretary position to Katsina to deprive one of the aspirants, Abubakar Mustapha the chance of becoming National Secretary because of his presidential ambition.

Abubakar Mustapha who is the immediate past National Organising Secretary of the PDP is a loyalist of former Vice President Namadi Sambo and hails from the same local government area with Makarfi.

The source said that the sudden change in the arrangement where some persons were alleged to have sat down and micro zoned the positions without any consensus came as a surprise to former political officer holders, party leaders and contestants for such positions.

The source said that Senator Makarfi wants the position of the National Secretary to go to Katsina State, leaving Kaduna out because of his 2019 Presidential ambition and his alleged plan is to ensure that all elected NWC members from the north west are nominated by him so that they will do his bidding for 2019.

Makarfi is said not to be comfortable with Mustapha’s emergence over perceived notion that it would affect his 2019 presidential ambition.

It was also gathered that Makarfi may be kicking against Mustapha because of his closeness and loyalty to former Vice President Namadi Sambo who allegedly beat him to the number two position when Makarfi was said to be eyeing the same post.

They accused the former Kaduna State governor of not only micro zoning the position to Katsina, but has narrowed it down on a particular former Senator from the state, thereby depriving the aspirants  from going into contest and the people from the two states electing their own National  Secretary.

It was also gathered that the position of the National Woman leader which was hitherto opened to Kebbi, Sokoto and Zamfara, is now being micro zoned to Kebbi which is also causing a major problem in the North West geo- political zone.

Makarfi is also alleged to be preparing what he described as a unity list which he would present at the National Convention as well as do same at the meeting of all PDP governors holding today in Enugu State where he would sell the dummy to the eleven PDP governors because the Enugu meeting would endorse what all the zones have picked.

An emergency meeting of party leaders from the zone which took place on Thursday night at the Abuja residence of former governor of Sokoto State, Attahiru Bafarawa could not resolve the issue as it was said to have ended in deadlock because of irreconcilable differences at the meeting.

Present at the meeting were former Vice President Sambo; Makarfi; Sule Lamido; former Minister Kabiru Turaki; the Zonal Chairman, Ambassador Ibrahim Kazaure, among others.

The source said, “Makarfi had said no to micro zoning of all the offices, but he is doing it now in his own zone, the North West because of his 2019 Presidential ambition which is not good for the party, this is another case of impunity that pushed the PDP from a ruling party to an opposition party, it does not augur well for our party now.

“Before now, it was said that the National Secretary position should go to Kaduna and Katsina States while the position of National woman leader would go to either Kebbi, Sokoto or Zamfara States, but the people are surprised at the sudden move to micro zone to even individuals.

“The PDP is in opposition, it does not have the luxury of impunity, Kaduna State is the only state in the North West with a PDP Senator and five members of House of Representatives, the party is strong in the state. Katsina State has produced deputy National Chairman of the party in the person of Ibrahim Shema, the National Financial Secretary, Alhaji Tukur Mani, among others, Kaduna state should be allowed to produce the National Secretary of the party.

 

The Nation

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