12th July, 2010
Senator Garba Talba (PDP-Yobe South) says all stakeholders must come together and review the issue of zoning in the PDP.
“All stakeholders should come together as it was done before zoning was formulated and fashion out a way forward for the country especially the PDP issue,” he told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in an interview in Abuja.
He said that zoning was formulated by the PDP in 1999 to ensure the unity of the country because of the cancellation of the 1993 elections presumed to have been by the late Chief M.K.O. Abiola.
“The unity of this country is very important. It is paramount. So, that is the belief of one per zone. But now after Obasanjo has finished his own tenure, something now is coming up.
“Of course, you can’t blame anybody as of now because it is God that destined this thing by the demise of President Umaru Yar’Adua.
“There should be a way out that will be acceptable to all of us because I know the PDP as a party is brilliant; PDP as a party is acceptable and I don’t think it will allow any issue to bring disunity to the country,” he said.
He said that with the newly constituted INEC under the chairmanship of Prof. Attahiru Jega, Nigeria was heading for a very free, fair and credible elections in 2011.
“With Prof. Jega, there is no doubt of having a free and fair elections in the country next year,” he said and called for the support and cooperation of all Nigerians.
On the N10 billion earmarked for the celebration of Nigeria’s 50th independence, Talba said that he was one of those who kicked against the amount during the debate in the Senate.
“It is not a very good omen for the country. I believe the money is too much. It should be invested in education, health, roads and other infrastructure.
“I believe the Senate will bring it down by more than half,” he said.