PDP Convention: PDA wants all positions contested for

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By Usman Ibn A. Lapai


The Kaduna State People’s Democratic Advocate, (PDA), a group within the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has called on the National Caretaker Committee chairman, Senator Ahmed Makarfi and other leaders of the party to ensure that all positions should be contested for at the forthcoming national convention.
The group said it has aligned itself with the Enugu Declaration where eminent stakeholders unanimously agreed that all political party positions must be contested for at the forthcoming National Convention of the party especially where there is more than one aspirants to that office.
This was contained in a statement signed by the chairman of the group, Hon. Adamu Ahmed Dattijo, where the group indicted the PDP Caretaker Committee Chairman of trying to deny Alhaji Abubakar Mustapha the opportunity to vie for a higher position as equity and justice demands.
“We are in total support of the Enugu Declaration because it tallies with the universally acceptable standard definition of equity, fairness and justice.
“We are amazed with the misinformation making the rounds that the position of the National Secretary, which was never micro zoned but has been micro- zoned and even re-micro-named to Katsina state on the false assertion that both Kaduna and Katsina states were under a rotational arrangement which confers on each State the right to produce a candidate over the other alternately,” he group complained.
The group stated that it defies any logic and common sense to consider the same scenario with different panacea. What operates in the caliphate states of Zamfara, Kebbi and Sokoto is an attestation to our postulations.
“The last occupant of the National Treasurer was from Kebbi State but the position of woman leader that ought to be rotated was further micro zoned and micro named to Kebbi State thereby suggesting that the action of the conveners was anything but equitable and just.
“We are aware that the Chairman Caretaker Committee in pursuit of his known trait of impunity which he has been exhibiting in the course of his duty and in furtherance to his presidential ambition has decided to stand on grounds where Angels fear to tread by subsuming any persons interest within the state under his threshold.
“The Enugu declaration has put paid to any attempt to foreclose any chance for a national contest. We stand resolutely and firmly with Alhaji Abubakar Mustapha as our aspirant from Kaduna State for the exalted position of the National Secretary, he has the requisite experience, pedigree and competence to manage such an exalted office.
“We hasten to add that there has ever been any such arrangement of exchange of batons between Kaduna and Katsina States.
The group called on delegates to vote massively for Alhaji Abubakar Mustapha, saying that amongst other candidates he remains the most qualified candidate based on his antecedents,” the statement said.

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