Cri­sis brew­ing in PDP over chair­man­ship zon­ing

Daily Trust - - IT WORLD - From Ab­dul­la­teef Aliyu, La­gos

Barely a month af­ter the Supreme Court re­solved the lead­er­ship cri­sis in the Peo­ples Demo­cratic Party (PDP), the bat­tle for the soul of the party is caus­ing a si­lent war within it.

The bone of con­tention is the zon­ing of the chair­man­ship po­si­tion which was ceded to the South-west zone prior to the botched na­tional con­ven­tion in Port Harcourt.

Al­ready, a pres­sure group within the party is fin­ger­ing the fo­rum of exmin­is­ters for al­legedly plot­ting to al­ter the zon­ing for­mula ear­lier adopted in Port Harcourt.

The group, which calls it­self ‘Com­mit­tee for Jus­tice and Fair­ness’, cir­cu­lated a state­ment in La­gos in which it de­scribed the ac­tiv­i­ties of the former min­is­ters as “dis­rup­tive and reck­less”.

In the let­ter ad­dressed to the chair­man of the party’s Care­taker Com­mit­tee, Sen­a­tor Ahmed Makarfi, the group said, “It is rather dis­grace­ful, an­noy­ing, ob­struc­tion­ist and evil stray­ing into a de­lib­er­ate sab­o­tag­ing of the present peace of our party when the so-called former min­is­ters are bent on de­stroy­ing the al­ready long es­tab­lished con­sen­sus reached at Port Harcourt that the next na­tional chair­man of our party should come from the South West”.

The group said to de­prive the South West of the po­si­tion “is con­demnable, in­vid­i­ous, cruel and un­fair. It is vir­tu­ally un­ac­cept­able.

“This very his­toric con­sen­sus is not only fair and just. It is very ap­pro­pri­ate and com­pli­ments the well known fair­ness doc­trine. For out of all the six zones of our na­tional union, the South West is the only zone which has been de­prived of this prime honour,” the state­ment said.

How­ever, the spokesman of the former min­is­ters’ fo­rum and im­me­di­ate past Min­is­ter of Na­tional Plan­ning, Prof. Abubakar Su­laiman, told Daily Trust that there was never a time the former min­is­ters schemed for the zon­ing for­mula to be jet­ti­soned, say­ing, “The fo­rum has no hid­den agenda and no­body can on ac­count of greed in­tim­i­date us to stam­pede.”

Su­laiman also said, “Our po­si­tion is not dif­fer­ent from the po­si­tion of our party - that’s, the chair­man­ship slot is for the South, while pres­i­dency is zoned to the North. Let the South de­cide if they deem it fit to zero in the po­si­tion to a geo-po­lit­i­cal zone.

“That’s their de­ci­sion; ditto for the pres­i­dency to the North. Peo­ple should not for­get that among us are ex-min­is­ters of South West ex­trac­tion.

“There is no how we would work against our mem­bers. Peo­ple should learn how to con­duct them­selves and be de­cent in

their vi­tu­per­a­tion.”

Sen­a­tor Ahmed Makarfi

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