Ba­farawa will not hi­jack PDP struc­ture - Chief­tain

Daily Trust - - INSIDE POLITICS - From Abubakar Auwal, Sokoto

A chief­tain of Peo­ples Demo­cratic Party (PDP) in Sokoto State, Al­haji Ibrahim Ma­gaji Gusau, yes­ter­day, ruled out the pos­si­bil­ity of for­mer Gover­nor At­tahiru Ba­farawa hi­jack­ing the party’s struc­tures in the state.

He said Ba­farawa and his sup­port­ers would not seek for any elec­tive po­si­tions be­cause they have not met the con­sti­tu­tional pro­vi­sion that said that only mem­bers of not less than 20 months in the party could vie for elec­tive po­si­tions within the party.

Gusau said most mem­bers of his cau­cus lacked the ba­sic sec­ondary school ed­u­ca­tion which needed to con­test for of­fices in PDP.

Speak­ing to news­men in Sokoto, Gusau, who be­longed to the erst­while “old PDP group”, said the for­mer gover­nor’s join­ing the PDP was a bless­ing in dis­guise.

He said: “His com­ing into the party with his fol­low­ers makes PDP stronger and we en­vis­aged as it was shown to the whole coun­try, PDP is in ex­is­tence in Sokoto State. In fact, Gover­nor Wa­makko knows he doesn’t have people, but one thing again his com­ing into the party brought some com­mon prob­lems.”

Gusau said if the PDP failed to fol­low con­sti­tu­tional pro­vi­sion in elect­ing its lead­ers from the wards to the state, then, it would have the same prob­lem faced by the APC.

He added: “The con­sti­tu­tion of the party is very clear. No­body can en­ter into elec­tion if he is just com­ing into the party. He must serve for one year, eight months be­fore he can be elected into the po­lit­i­cal of­fice.”

Gusau, who was the run­ning mate of the de­funct CPC’s gov­er­nor­ship can­di­date in 2012, also ruled out grant­ing the for­mer gover­nor and his fol­low­ers waiver, say­ing no elected ex­ec­u­tive in the state could dis­cuss and give them waiver.

He also chided Gover­nor Wa­makko over his at­tempts to woo for­eign in­vestors into the state, say­ing the gover­nor has not done any­thing to make the econ­omy of the state at­trac­tive.

Re­act­ing on be­half of APC and the Sokoto State Govern­ment, APC’s chair­man in Sokoto North lo­cal govern­ment, Al­haji Muham­madu Dang­waggo, de­scribed Gusau’s al­le­ga­tions as false.


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