By Ahmed Abubakar
Fourteen Adamawa state governorship aspirants under the umbrella of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have thumped up the party for re-affirming an earlier agreement zoning the governorship position to the Adamawa Central zone.
The National Working Committee (NWC) of the party has yesterday (Thursday) affirmed the agreement reached in September between all contestants on zoning the 2015 governorship ticket to Adamawa Central.
The September accord was spearheaded by the Senate President, David Mark, the deputy national chairman and secretary of the party as well as two governors and two presidential aides. The state chairman of the party and his secretary were also part of the agreement.
Eight of the 14 aspirants who had participated at the aborted October 11 governorship bye-election in the state had on Wednesday visited the National Headquarters of the PDP with a unanimous position of the aspirants for the party to retain the zoning agreement.
Speaking on behalf of the aspirants, former Special Adviser to the President on Political Matters, Barr. Ali Gulak expressed happiness with the decision of the NWC of the party saying the arrangement is done for fairness to the central zone which has never produced a governor since the time of the old Gongola State.
“Even though I am not from the Central zone, I personally commend this decision which is also the wish of all of us. If anything, this has further prepares PDP to win Adamawa down and square,” Gulak stated.
Also, former minister, Dr. Aliyu Idi Hong said the decision of the party has demonstrated the party leadership’s commitment to promotion of unity among its members, as well as respecting accords that would preserve the integrity of the party.
“The NWC’s decision is a morale booster. It is a way of reassuring the teeming followership of the party that the PDP is a party of fairness and can always stand by its words. This would go a long way in thickening the ties between us and encourage team work towards the success of the party,” he said.
Dr. Hong further explained that the decision of the national secretariat of the party to respect the common position of the aspirants was a signifier of the party’s democratic credentials for which it stands above other political parties.
He therefore called for stronger ties and sportsmanship among the aspirants in the run off to the November 29 governorship primaries, as he also admonished the party to continue to trade the path of integrity and fair play.