N’West PDP rejects Anenih’s automatic ticket for Jonathan

N’West PDP rejects Anenih’s automatic ticket for Jonathan

•Faults NWC’s suspension of Wamakko

•Why we suspended Gov –Party

 The North West zone of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has rejected proposal by the party’s Board of Trustees (BoT) Chairman, Tony Anenih, that President Goodluck Jonathan and PDP Governors be given automatic tickets to run for second term of office.The zonal Chairman, Ibrahim Kazaure, insisted in Kaduna on Thursday that the party’s constitution must be followed in choosing candidates for election.

Addressing newsmen at the venue of the meeting of the 19 Northern States Governors’ Forum (NSGF), Kazaure noted that the party was not a club where people can do just what they want.

He faulted the decision of the PDP National Working Committee (NWC) suspending Sokoto State Governor, Magatakarda Aliyu Wamakko, describing it as hasty.

Kazaure also insisted that

Jigawa State Governor, Sule Lamido, has the right and what it takes to contest the next Presidential election if he so wishes, adding, however, that Nigerians will decide when the time comes.

“As far as I am concerned, Wamako’s suspension is unfortunate, very unfortunate.

“We would have done a wide consultation because we have enemies within. PDP is a party, not a club; it has its constitution.

“I am not saying they are wrong, I am not saying what they have done is wrong, but all I am saying is there should have been a wide consultation before the action should be taken; for a Governor of a state where we have 100 per cent PDP supporters from the ward up to national level. This is why I am sad.

“I don’t think his suspension will affect the PDP but it will affect the candidates of the PDP because PDP as a party will remain a party because it is not a club. PDP gets stronger day by day.

“But the unfortunate thing is that when you train a lion and you begin to eat this person and that person; by the time everybody is finished then what will happen next?

“I am calling on our leaders in PDP to please save us from the situation we are in because we have a very strong rival and they are strong. North West zone is the largest PDP zone in the country, even in the National Assembly. We have seven Governors in the zone, so it is not a zone you can play with,” Kasaure said.

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He added: “I am sorry for what happened but I hope the leaders will think about it. Religious sentiment is out of my dictionary; God has already ordained who will be the next President.

“All these we are doing, it is only God that knows who will be the next President. Not you, not me, not even anybody in Nigeria knows that.

“The South-South people that are talking should understand that it was somebody that died and somebody took over. Do you know what will happen tomorrow? You don’t know.

“Only God knows what will happen tomorrow; even if I said you will be the king of your town tomorrow it is not possible because we don’t decide the future of this country. Whatever God decides is what will happens.”

On Anenih, he said, “The only thing is that the leader of the party said his own. He only said what he feels like saying and I don’t have the right to stop him because he is the leader of the party, but the constitution of the party is there.

“When you read the party’s constitution then you will know whether there will be primary or not; or there will be consensus or not.

“It is not what PDP will decide because PDP is not a club but a party. The people are the ones who gather to make a party from South East, North West.

“If we all decide to say there will be no primary and the constitution says there should be primary then there will be primary.

“As far as we are concerned there is no governor’s forum in the Constitution of Nigeria.

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“Why can’t they discuss with Governors on what they want. PDP is not even involved in the matter of Governors Forum.”

On Jigawa State Governor, Kazaure said, “Sule Lamido is a Nigerian and has all the qualities to contest any position in Nigeria; the Constitution of Nigeria gave him that mandate to contest any election. So it is not the issue of my view but the views of Nigerians.”

Also, Governors of the 19 Northern states rose from their meeting in Kaduna on Thursday, with a confirmation that indeed the May 24 Nigerian Governors Forum, (NGF) election took place contrary to the position of the Plateau State Governor Jonah Jang-led faction of the group that the election never held.

Answering questions from newsmen shortly after their over four-hour meeting, Chairman of the NSGF and Niger State Governor, Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu, said: “If I am to tell you what led to the problem in the Nigerian Governors’ Forum we will stay in this gathering till tomorrow, so I have no intention of doing that.

“I will only tell you that in whatever election, there may be one person or the other that will be aggrieved; we seem to be developing a culture even in our normal election as you prepare to contest for elections, you should also prepare to contest it in the court.

“Am speaking to you as the Chairman of Northern States Governors Forum, if you want my view, I will tell you we had an election, we have a problem, we will solve it, so you can do the rest yourself.”

The gathering, however, had only Governors of Jigawa State, Sule Lamido; host Kaduna State Governor, Mukhtar Ramalan Yero; Gombe State Governor, Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo and that of Nasarawa State, Umar Tanko Al-Makura in attendance.

Governors of Kwara, Kogi, Kano, Sokoto, Borno and Zamfara states sent in their deputies, while Benue and Plateau states sent in Secretary to the State Government (SSGs).

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