By Yakubu Ventim, Jos
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Plateau state has zoned the governorship position to Plateau South senatorial district to produce the 2019 candidate after bitter pile under the leadership of the former governor Jonah David Jang refused zonal arrangements.
This was made known during the State Executive Council of the party to allowed the zone to produce the gubernatorial candidate to return power to the people come 2019.
It was a decision reached during a stakeholders meeting of the zone, held in Shendam on Saturday, 12th November, 2016 following the defection of the House of Assembly member representing Mikang, Hon. Na’anlong Daniel.
Sen. Jeremiah Useni sued for unity and called on every PDP member to join hands with the EXCO of the party at all levels to lift the party to higher heights.
He reiterated that our votes belong to a party, and not an individual according to a Supreme Court ruling and as such, the party has met and deliberated on the matter with far reaching decisions for INEC to withdraw the certificate of return issued to Hon. Na’anlong Daniel.
Bar. Binchen Jantur, the Plateau State PDP Legal Adviser, in his remarks, said the State EXCO has sat down on the matter and are getting set to go to court. “If PDP were to be in power, the Speaker would have simply declared their seats vacant but now, the only option is to go to court.
We are not taking it lightly so that others will not do the same mistake” he said.
Southern Zone Vice Chairman, Hon. Simon V. Domle, said Stakeholders in Mikang LGA met and wrote an official letter to the State EXCO over the matter with the aim of getting back the PDP’s mandate; adding that the party at the Zonal level is in support of whatever action Mikang LGA PDP has taken and whatever the State EXCO is doing to reclaim the PDP’s mandate.
Hon. Domle also hinted that Stakeholders in Mikang have already met and written an official letter to the State EXCO over the matter with the aim of getting back the mandate which attention is being given accelerated hearing.
The State Secretary of the party, Hon. Damian Shekarau said, “being in opposition is not easy, so as a party we must remain firm and dogged. By God’s grace, the crises at the national level of the party will soon be a thing of the past with the constitution of the Appeal Panel to reconcile all the cases which has so far given judgement in favour of the Makarfi-led group and the Barr. Eyitayo Jegede governorship candidature in the Ondo elections”.
Hon. Shekarau reiterated that a political solution is still open to be considered. “It is wrong for anybody to decamp with the people’s mandate to another party. As an individual, you may decamp to any party at any time but you cannot carry the mandate of the people along with you” he added.
The Deputy Chairman of Qua’an Pan LGC and an Elder statesman in the party, Hon. Cyril Longpuan, called for unity and cohesion in the party as elections are around the corner.