21st March, 2012
The usually rancour-free North- Central delegates’ convention of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP,
held in Makurdi, the Benue State capital was almost marred Wednesday as. protesting delegates from Nasarawa openly disagreed over the choice of a member of the zonal working committee.
The convention was attended by the Senate President Senator David Mark, all the governors of the ruling party from the zone as well members of the national assembly, ministers and some founding fathers of the party like Chief Solomon Lar, Dr Ahmadu Ali, and Senator Barnabas Gemade and former Senate Deputy President Sen. Ibrahim Mantu, merely re-affirmed the zone’s working committee list.
However, PMNEWS can authoritatively report that Alhaji Abdulahi Adamu one time governor of Nasarawa State and now a serving Senator was booed as Nasarawa State delegates cried foul when the name of one Capt. Ibrahim Abdullahi was mentioned by Senator Abdullahi Adamu as zonal auditor.
There was unanimous rejection which saw the delegates pouring invectives on the past governor
The action of the delegates caused great confusion and it took the quick intervention of the host Governor Gabriel Suswam to calm frayed nerves .
To placate the Nasarawa delegates , Governor Suswam had no choice than to substitute the name of Senator Adamu’s candidate with Alhaji Abubakar Shamsudeen Maikasuwa who the Nasarawa dlegates routed for.
Others who retained their positions include, Alh. Yusuf Ayitogo, Zonal National Vice Chairman, Johnson Kumbut Paah, Zonal Secretary, Hon. Isyhaku Usman, Zonal Financial Secretary, Hon. Yahaya Hassan, Zonal Organizing Secretary, Hon. Siadu Garba, Zonal Publicity Secretary, Hajiya Saratu Mamman, Zonal woman leader, Hon. Amande Kwaghgba, Zonal youth leader and Alh. Usman Mohammed Nadokotsu Zonal Treasurer.
The convention also adopted Dr. Joyce Agi, Benue, Mrs. Victoria Madaki, FCT and Prince Abdullahi Ogbaje, Kogi state as ex-officio while Victor Koum, Legal Adviser and Garuba Umar, Giza, National Youth leader and Mrs Hannatu Ulaam were endorsed from the zone for the forthcoming National convention.
Senate President David Mark expressed confidence in the zonal working committee to ensure peace in the party even as he tasked them to reclaim Nasarawa State in 2015 election.
Governor Gabriel Suswam also sued for peace and harmony amongst party members to enhance the strength of the party
The returning Zonal National Vice Chairman, Alh .Yusuf Ayitogo in his acceptance speech, thanked all the delegates for a landmark convention.
“I commend PDP leaders in the North Central Zone, especially the Senate President , Senator David Mark , all our governors, ministers and members of the National Assembly for this peaceful atmosphere we enjoy today,” he said.
By Ubong George/Makurdi