Opinion moulders and Elders in the Northern states chapters of the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) have declared their unalloyed support for the South-West geopolitical zone to produce the next national chairman of the party.
A communique released on Friday by the Northern Elders and Leaders Forum of the PDP after a meeting in Abuja indicated that the elders are in support of the South West producing the next National Chairman
of the party.
The communique, signed by the former Governor of Kano state, Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau, indicated that the North was backing the South West in the interest of spirit of fairness and equity, and in view of the need to carry every part of the country along.
“Giving every geo-political zone a sense of participation and inclusion in the affairs of the PDP, we strongly support the quest of the Southwest geo-political zone to produce the next National Chairman of the party, the statement reads.
The meeting was attended by PDP heavyweights including former Senate President David Mark, as well as elders including former National Chairman, Dr. Ahmadu Ali, Sen. Ibrahim Mantu, Amb. Aminu Wali, Prof. Jerry Gana, Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau, Sen. Jonah Jang, Dr.
Muazu Babangida Aliyu, Mallam Adamu Maina Waziri, Hon. Gabriel Suswam, Alhaji Ahmadu Fintiri, PDP Zonal chairmen and state chairmen from the North, Comrade Abba Moro, Barr. Kabiru Turaki, Sen. Nenadi Usman, Sen.
Solomon Ewuga, Rt. Hon. Margaret Icheen, Col. Bala Mande (Rtd), Sen.Tunde Ogbeha, Haj. Inna Ciroma, H.E Mukhtar Shagari, Haj. Zainab Maina, Alh. Shehu Musa Gabam, Prof. Abubakar Suleiman, Hon. Laurencia
L. Mallam, Hon. Bello Mutawalle, Dr. Emmanuel Agbo, Princess Rabi Ibrahim, Dr. Baraka Umar, Hon. Mahmud Abdulmalik, Sen. Damagum, among others.
The Communique reads:
“The meeting of the PDP Northern Elders and Leaders Forum held at the Ajuji Hotel, Abuja from the evening of Thursday 30th November, to the early hours of Friday 1st December, 2017. The meeting was well
attended by notable elders and leaders of the party from all the states of the northern region. Considering the forthcoming national convention, several issues of importance were deliberated upon and
resolutions were reached as follows:
“The forum received reports from the three geo-political zones of the region, regarding the micro-zoning of positions zoned to them, in line with the spirit of rotation. The forum resolved that capable and
competent aspirants should be identified and supported.
“The forum directed the geo-political zones to put in place mechanisms to reconcile those that are aggrieved as a result of the micro-zoning in their zone.
“The forum re-emphasized that, rebuilding the confidence of Nigerians on the PDP as we move towards 2019 remain paramount. Therefore, whatever decision that is to be taking should be in tandem with this.
“As we head to the national convention, the forum showed keen interest on the position of the National Chairman. After extensive deliberations, it was resolved that, in the spirit of fairness, equity, carrying every part of the country along, giving every geo-political zone a sense of participation and inclusion in the affairs of the PDP, we strongly support the quest of the Southwest
geo-political zone to produce the next National Chairman of the party.
“In line with our resolve to rebuild and reposition the PDP, we urge delegates from all the Northern States to abide by this decision and vote for only aspirants from the Southwest geo-political zone in the forthcoming national convention, in the best interest of the party.
This is without prejudice to the right of aspirants from other geo-political zones to contest.
“The forum considered other sensitive issues that have serious bearing on the success of the party in the 2019 general elections and reiterated the need for all and sundry to put hands on deck for the success of the party.
“The forum also, call on all members of the party to accord the National Caretaker Committee (NCC) the required support to conduct a credible, transparent, free and fair convention come 9th-10th