Friday, 24 November 2017

2019 | PDP Don't Need To Campaign To Defeat APC in Katsina- Sen. Tsauri


ABUJA- An aspirant for the position of National Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Umar Ibrahim Tsauri has said the party will defeat President Muhammadu Buhari in Katsina State in the 2019 general elections. 
The PDP stalwart who hails from the President’s home state of Katsina, also challenged opponents of micro-zoning to test their popularity at the December 9 national convention.

While insisting the PDP does not need to campaign to inflict defeat on the President in the event that he takes up the option of running for a second term, the ex-lawmaker noted that no State in the North boast of the popularity of the PDP like Katsina.

“We don’t need to campaign for that (defeat of President Buhari). PDP has done what is supposed to be done by any other political party, rightly. We will defeat the President in Katsina State in the next general election,” he said. Senator Tsauri who stated this yesterday after the submission of his nomination form at the party’s headquarters noted that the President has never had it easy in the State in the past, noting that same fate awaits him come 2019.

He added that in the period stretching from 2003 to 2011, the party had been frustrating Buhari’s political ambition in the state. In a veiled reference to another aspirant for the position from Kaduna State, Abubakar Mustapha, who kicked against micro-zoning, insisting that it was tantamount to imposition; Senator Tsauri who represented Katsina Central in the Senate from 2003 to 2007, called on opponents of micro-zoning to test their popularity at the forthcoming convention. His words: “PDP is a democratic party. So, if a position is zoned to a place, you can contest it. If there is consensus. we go for it. If there is no consensus, we go to the field.

“The position of National Secretary has been zoned to my zone and I feel I am eligible to contest. I feel largely that I can contribute my quota towards eliminating the challenges facing the party. “I feel largely that if I come on board, I will make sure that PDP is brought in a balanced position just like before and we will reclaim our mandate from the APC.”

He urged the leadership of the party to remain committed to the ideals of fairness and justice, adding that a credible convention would put the party back on track preparatory to regaining power at the centre in 2019.


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