By: Mayen Etim
KADUNA, North-West, Nigeria – A group under the auspice of Forum of State Chairmanship Contestants in the forthcoming Kaduna chapter of Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP) Congress have debunked rumors making the rounds that they have withdrawn from the race.
The Forum which comprised of four out of the six Contestants, namely; Chief Abubakar Gaiya Haruna, Hon Bulus Kajang, Hon Ado Dogo Audu, and Hon Ashafa Waziri, said they were still in the race and non of them has backed out, withdrawn or stepped down.
The Forum stated this during a press conference held in the Nigeria Union of Journalists, (NUJ) Secretariat, Kaduna on Wednesday, August 19, 2020.
According to the Forum, “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, reasons call for that, we will return back here and duly inform the press.
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.”
The Forum added that lack of understanding of the political climate and the character of the majority of the PDP faithful at this material time is worrisome.
“We wish to unequivocally state that we are all in the race and none of us has backed
out, withdrawn or stepped down.
“We urge you to discountenance the malicious rumors being spread by enemies of progress that we have stepped down. God willing, we are in the race and will see to the conclusion of this exercise that will culminate in the Congresses, where new officials will be elected to run the affairs of
“And from our intelligence 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.
“We as chairmanship contestants, who are critical stakeholders in the process, were not invited and we have it on good authority that the Hatcher’s of the meeting intend to claim that we have stepped down from the contest and thereafter announce the adoption of a particular candidate.
“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.
“How can an adoption of a consensus candidate be achieved without the other contestants involved in the negotiations?
“We therefore wish to state categorically that we are not party to this orchestrated illegal meeting, because it remains cosmetic, hypocritical and hollow, and unknown to the ideals and principles of the PDP or its constitution that has a clear cut pattern for meetings and who is eligible to convene and those to attend.
“As long as any meeting of the Southern Senatorial Zone is not conveyed by the highest political office holder in the Zone, and indeed the whole state, in the person of Distinguish Senator Danjuma Tella Laah, such a meeting is illegal and any decision thereafter taken is null and void, and therefore compelled to express our strong reservations on the present state of affairs in our Party in Zone 3 where meetings will be called and the conveners will deliberately exclude the constitutionally recognized leader, Senator DANJUMA Laah.
“The PDP constitution has provision for the senatorial district executive committee in
section 19 (subsection 1 and 2), to be chaired by the State Vice Chairman, also known as the zonal chairman.
“Unfortunately however, as at today the 19th of August 2020, they are no longer in office as their tenure has expired and have cease to hold office.
“Therefore the onus now falls on the highest political office holder from the senatorial district by order of protocol and hierarchy, in the person of Senator DANJUMA Laah.
“Kaduna State PDP has never experienced a crisis like the one we saw in the last two years and this is due to poor, divisive, stubborn and retrogressive leadership.
“Be assured that we are all still in the race for the chairmanship contest of our party and if for any reason at all anyone of us is stepping down from the race, it will definitely be for someone from this forum and NOT for any aspirant who’s not a member of this“ Progressive Like Minded Forum of Chairmanship Aspirants,” the Forum stated.