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Battle for consensus candidacy divides Kaduna PDP

…As group vows to resist adaption.

by Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna

Members of People’s Democratic Party, PDP, Kaduna state, have sharply divided against themselves over alleged plan to adopt a consensus candidate for chairmanship position in the forthcoming party’s congress.

Already, four Chairmanship Aspirants, contesting for the state party chairman, zoned to Southern senatorial zone of the state, have disagreed with the planned adoption scheduled for today, 20th August, 2020, describing it as illegal.

Briefing journalists on Wednesday in Kaduna, under the umbrella of ‘Forum of Chairmanship Aspirant,’ the aggrieved aspirants and their supporters said they were not invited for the meeting for the planned adoption of a consensus candidate.

The four aspirants, led by Hon. Ashafa Waziri, and their supporters explained that four out of the six contestants for the chairmanship position, belong to their Forum as members.

Waziri said that all the four aspirants are still in the race and none of them have backed out, withdrawn or stepped down, urging the public to discountenance the malicious rumours being spread by what they termed as “enemies of progress” that they’ve stepped down.

“It’s sad, distressing and unfortunate that a group of people have purportedly called for a meeting in the name of ‘Southern Kaduna Zone three’ for tomorrow, Thursday, 20th August, 2020, without following the constitutionally approved procedures.

“And, from our intelligent report received, the meeting is being orchestrated to illegally endorse a particular candidate and claim it’s the decision of the entire Southern Kaduna leadership.”

Hon. Waziri expressed dismay that as critical stakeholders, the four chairmanship aspirants were not invited as well as Senator Danjuma La’ah, the senator representing Southern Kaduna area, as political leader and head.

The four chairmanship contestants, who comprised Chief Abubakar Gaiya Haruna, Hon Bulus Kajang, Hon Ado Dogo Audu and Hon. Ashafa Waziri, were accompanied by former Deputy Speaker Kaduna House of Assembly, Hon. Mayo Dogara, former commissioner, among other aspirants for the party executives.

“It is pertinent we do mention that no amount of blackmail, mudslinging, propaganda, false and malicious gossips will make any of us back out of the race. If, however, any reasons to call for that, we will return back here and duly inform the press.

“If that happens tomorrow, that will be the height of rascality and impunity, and such acts can only be carried out by disgruntled and undemocratic bunch of desperados with incurable lust to grab power through the back door in the most uncivilized and barbaric manner, via a strange and illegal consensus option, unknown to the constitution of the PDP.

“Let it be known that we are dealing with a bunch of people, who are adorned in false messianic robes seeking to deceive the people with an agenda of love and concern for zone three, in adopting a consensus candidate. 

“How can an adoption of a consensus candidate be achieved without the other contestants involved in the negotiations?,” they lamented. 

All efforts to get the side of the other two contestants, including incumbent chairman, Hassan Hyet, proved abortive for not picking calls. 

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