Gov. Rabiu Kwankwaso
By SaharaReporters, New York
The assertion was made at a press conference in Kano on Monday addressed by the chairman of the committee, Amb. Kabiru Rabi’u, who said they were merely waiting for further directives from the governor, who will determine the next line of action.
“We the elders of the party in the state were 100 percent with our able governor, Dr. Kwankwaso,” he said, adding that they would equally go with him to any party he wishes if the demands of the G7 are not respected.
The party said it vehemently opposed the call credited to the chairman of the Board of Trustees of the PDP, Chief Tony Anenih that President Goodluck Jonathan and some governors be given automatic tickets to contest the 2015 elections, describing it as undemocratic and a glaring case of contempt in the case of Atiku vs PDP.
The decision of the Elders Committee comes as the new PDP also said the party will go to court over the recent appointment of the caretaker committee inaugurated by the old PDP, an organ that refused to organize a new election to fill the expired tenure of former executive.
According to Amb. Rabi’u, the policy of consensus arrangement and “adoption” rather than transparent election to produce candidates for elections including the presidency, is “totally unacceptable to us.”
It will be recalled that former vice president Atiku Abubakar was repeatedly challenged this undemocratic arrangement in court, and that the courts ruled that the policy is indeed alien to the PDP and Nigerian constitutions.
Commenting on the political tussle tearing Nigerian governors apart, Ambassador Rabi’u said that the truth is that most Nigerians believe that the presidency engineered the crisis and is happy with it because it has a score to settle with Governor Rotimi Amaechi of River State who emerged the chairman of the forum.
“The present leadership of PDP is very unpopular and has been a disaster for the party as he pursues the policy of personal loyalty and the policy will split our great party and divide the governors ranks and which would not be approved.
We the elders of the party and the entire PDP family in Kano state with one voice are saying “NO” to the breach of PDP constitution wherein mercenaries have been put in place to discipline the members .
Amb. Rabi’u also disclosed that the party in Kano plans to go to court over the recent appointment of the caretaker committee inaugurated by the Bamangar Tukur leadership.
According to him, the G7 is fighting a good cause that will reposition the PDP. However, if their wishes and demands are not accepted at the end of the day, the new PDP will determine whether to pull out or join one of the opposition parties capable of protecting their cause.
“We would like to state in clear manner that we render our unalloyed support to our leader governor Kwankwaso and we identify ourselves with all his actions, in particular, support his position with regards to the Northern States Governors Forum (NSGF) and Nigeria Governor Forum (NGF), the ambassador said.