A faction of the Peoples Democratic Party in Niger State, led by Tanko Beji, has rejected the recommendation of the Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki-led reconciliation committee urging all candidates for the state party chairmanship position to step down.
The state congress for the election of the new state PDP chairman was stalled following violence among supporters of the two candidates: Beji and Alhaji Mukhtar Ahmed.
The faction said in a statement by its Media Officer, Alhaji Yahaya Usman, on Thursday in Minna that the recommendation was illogical.
It said: “We find such recommendations as inconceivable, unheard off and cannot stand common sense nor logic.
“The decision of the Saraki led reconciliation committee that the two contestants for the position of party chairmanship in the state should step down for no reason other than satisfying wishful interest is hereby rejected and if need be, might be tested in a court of law to strengthen the party’s constitution and obedience to the rule of law and democratic tenets.
“The committee which came on board one year after the two contestants; Mr Tanko Beji and Mr Muktar Ahmed have purchased and filled nomination forms, cannot ask persons who have purchased PDP forms to contest positions to step aside for no reason.
“It is even worse when it was clear that the target was to stop Beji by all means; if you take into accounts that Ahmed and former Governor Babangida Aliyu preempted correctly the outcome of all the committee’s meetings weeks before such decision were announced and even leaked it before Saraki and other members of the committee at a meeting.
“We stand by our position, and if we are to nominate 100 times, we will nominate Beji as our candidate, again and again. Make no mistake.”
The faction said the nomination can only be overridden or upheld by a free, fair and transparent congress and not a reconciliation committee or any other committee.