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Jang, PDP Chairmanship Aspirants Differ On Zoning

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Posted: Apr 4, 2016 at 7:37 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)
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Senator David Jonah Jang, the immediate past Governor of Plateau State and some members of the caucus of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from the state Northern Senatorial District have sharply disagreed over the zoning of the seat of party chairman to Riyom Local Government Area of the zone.
Independent gathered that the party chairmanship aspirants from Bassa and Jos East local government areas of the zone distanced themselves from the zoning arrangement that they alleged was designed to favour a particular aspirant said to be a close confidant of the former governor.
It was further gathered at a meeting of the caucus called at the instance of the former governor at WAYE foundation in Jos last week, some stakeholders from the zone disassociated themselves from the list of sharing formula that was tendered by an associate of Senator Jang for approval.
Hon. Edward Pwajok, Member, House of Representatives representing Jos South/Jos East Constituency was said to have warned that the party leaders should allow a repeat of what cost the party the 2015 election in the state.
He advised that the exercise leading to conduct of the party congress in the zone should be done under free and fair atmosphere for all concerned.
Top contenders for the seat of the party chairman in the person of Hon. Bitrus Kaze, former member, House of Representatives and six others when contacted have indicated their interest to go ahead to purchase their party nomination ticket to slug it out at the state party convention where the party faithful would be given the opportunity to elect party chairman of their choice.
Meanwhile, the state chapter of the PDP has zoned the position  of the state chairman  of the party  to Northern senatorial district  of the state with the central zone producing the Deputy Chairman and Southern zone of the state told to produce the secretary of the party in that order.
 With this zoning arrangement, the 2019 governorship ticket of the party has been moved from the northern to Southern zone of the state to end series of agitation that cost the party the 2015 governorship election in the state.
This zoning formula was adopted by the party caucus at a meeting held at the party secretariat in Jos with two former Governors of the state, Senator Joshua Dariye and Senator Jonah David Jang, in attendance at that crucial meeting that was called to chart the forward for the party a head of the April party congresses in the state.
Independent sources at the meeting said the caucus of the party agreed on the template to be used at the forthcoming congresses of the party in the state which is expected to start from ward, local government councils and the state in that order all billed for the month of April.
Hon. Peter Shyepsuk, state publicity secretary of the party, while confirming the new development in the party to Independent in Jos on Wednesday at the party secretariat said: “We agreed to continue with what has been on the ground in the party, the position of the chairman was agreed to be given to the northern zone and all other positions that go with it. Same thing with central and Southern zone,” he stressed.
He said those aspiring for party positions had been showing up at the party secretariat to indicate their interest for party positions that were zoned to their zones.
The party spokesman insisted that they still believe that Plateau is for PDP not minding what happened during the 2015 general elections that the party lost the seat of the governor of the state to the then opposition party, the APC.
He said that his party has commenced aggressive move to embark on reconciliation with the aggrieved members of the party especially those who came out openly to work against the PDP in the state during the 2015 general elections.
Shyepsuk said the ward congresses of the party in the state would start on April 20, local government congresses slated for April 30 and state congresses, May 7, 2016.