Fresh crisis may be brewing in the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, as a group, Concerned PDP Group, has kicked against the zoning of the position of National Chairman of the party to the North East geopolitical zone.
They also called for a postponement of the party’s forthcoming national convention.
The PDP is scheduled to hold its national convention in Port Harcourt on May 21 where it would elect new national officers.
The group, led by the immediate past Governor of Niger State, Babangida Aliyu, after a marathon meeting in Abuja, also condemned current development within the party, especially the congresses conducted recently and the zoning of the party’s chairmanship position to the Northeast geopolitical zone.
The group insisted that the procedure and conduct of the congresses nationwide were flawed with resultant disaffection and disagreements.
The statement issued at the end of the meeting and signed by Aliyu, read in part: “Furthermore, the current zoning formula for the position of National Chairman as adopted by only 1/3 (One-Third) of the National Executive Committee (NEC) is inconsistent with the original PDP principles.
“In consonance therefore, the group unanimously resolved as follows – call for the postponement of the national convention and appeal to the leadership of the party to revisit these fundamental issues to enable the party to organize and conduct a more cohesive and acceptable national convention to avert the situation whereby aggrieved members may be compelled to organize parallel congress/convention,” the group said.
Other members of the group are – Senator Bala Mohammed, Hon. Mrs. Zainab Maina, Mr. John Odey, Dr. Sulaiman Abubakar, Capt. Hassan Mohammed (rtd), Saidu Ndako Idris, Dr. Bolere Ketebu and Hon. Kaulaha Aliyu.
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