From Uche Uche, Damaturu
A caretaker committee set up by the secretariat of the headquarters of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the purpose of uniting its members, especially the warring factions in Yobe State to ensure the victory of the party in the coming 2015 general election has held meeting with party elders in the state.
Briefing newsmen shortly after the meeting which took place at the secretariat of the Nigeria Union of Journalists in Damaturu, the state capital, chairman of the committee, Suleh Abdulkadir Doguwa, said such gathering became necessary because of the state of emergency imposed in the three states of Yobe, Adamawa, and Borno which will not allow for the usual political gathering or campaign.
He said the committee has therefore decided to meet with party elders in the state to inform them of the mandate of the committee and its assigned duties adding that during the meeting, the members have agreed to support the committee to achieve its objectives which is the uniting of its members and to work together so as to be able to confront the coming elections in 2015 from the local, state and national level.
“During the meeting we have agreed to unite so as to work together for the success of the party, to support any of our members during the coming election so as to defeat the APC and form the government at state level in Yobe state,” the chairman said.
He told newsmen that the committee would be visiting the three zones of the state namely zones ‘A’ with center at Damaturu the state capital then zone ‘B’ at Potiskum town and zone ‘C’ with center in Gashua, Bade local government area of the state for the same purpose.
On the existence of factions of the party in the state, the chairman, said from the meeting it has been clearly shown that there is no longer any faction of PDP in Yobe as all members have agreed to work together and support any of its members that wins the primaries so that PDP can defeat the ruling APC and form government at both the local and state levels of the coming elections in the state.
Answering question as to whether the party will adopt a consensus candidate or go for primaries, he said consensus is optional depending on agreement between the party’s candidates, but insisted there would be party primaries.
Present at the meeting were 120 leaders of groups neutral to the warring factions, the main faction leaders, Adamu Maina Waziri, who is the former minister of police affairs and the founding father of the party in the state, Dr. Yerima Ngama, who is the former state minister of finance, among others.