BY AMOS DUNIA, ABUJA – The Forum of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Governorship Aspirants in Kaduna State on Friday declared that as democrats, they insist that power must truly return to the people through open and transparent process anchored on internal democratic process in our great party.
The Forum made comprising of notable governorship aspirants in the state that include Senator Suleiman Othman Hunkuyi, Alhaji Mohammed Sani Sidi, former Governor of the state, Dr Mukhtar Ramalan Yero, Dr Muhammed Sani Bello and Dr Shuaibu Idris Mikati specifically condemned in strong terms the activities of the Kaduna State Chairman of the PDP, Hon Felix Hassan Hyet.
They accused Hyet of having openly attached himself to one of the gubernatorial aspirants, which they noted is against the norm and principles of fair play.
In a resolution jointly signed by the five aspirants and made available to Forefront News, noted with dismay what they described as “the deliberate attempt to subvert the democratic process” ahead of the forthcoming gubernatorial primaries slated for the 28th of September, 2018 in the state.
They further said; “Hyet has, without a sense of decorum, been openly working against the aspirations of the other gubernatorial aspirants in favour of his ‘anointed candidate’ because he has been promised the position of a running mate (Deputy Governor).
“After the recent congresses in which ad-hoc delegates were elected, the State Chairman threw caution to the wind by tempering with delegate lists of several Local Governments areas sent to the State Party Secretariat to the advantage of his ‘anointed one’.
“There is great tension in the State as a result of the partiality of the Party Chairman; whereby the bright prospects of “bringing back” Kaduna State to the PDP is in jeopardy.
“Forum further notes, the attempt by the Party Chairman to surreptitiously foist the preferred candidate using a certain group called “Southern Kaduna Stakeholders Chairmen Forum”. This act is capable of destabilizing the party and its prospect in the 2019 polls and undermining the efforts of the aspirants to find consensus among themselves.
“In view of the above, the Forum humbly requests the National leadership of our great party to take “full charge” of the Party’s activities in Kaduna State, in order to rescue the situation and restore the confidence of majority of Party members and loyalists in the state once more.”
The governorship aspirants said that prior to and after losing the 2015 general elections, the PDP has never been a more ‘cherished bride’ with the prospects of winning almost all the elective posts in Kaduna State than now with more people willing to join and participate actively in rescuing the state and the nation at large.
The Forum therefore called on the teeming PDP members, delegates and supporters to resist all attempts to subvert democratic process and vote for aspirants of their choice.
The aspirants reassured all that discussions are ongoing to reach a consensus among the aspirants.