Daily Trust (Abuja)

7 October 2012

Nigeria: Niger PDP Bans 2015 Campaigns

Minna — Niger State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has resolved to sanction any of its members that engages in any form of campaigns ahead of 2015 general elections.

State PDP secretary Aminu Yusuf, in a chat with newsmen in Minna, said members of the party were advised to wait till a formal directive was given by the party's national leadership.

Yusuf said the PDP's caucus meeting also constituted a 38-member committee under the chairmanship of Senator Nuhu Aliyu with a view to repositioning the party preparatory to 2015 general elections

He noted that the party was not only determined to maintain its position as a ruling party but also planned to improve upon the feat achieved so far.

The state PDP scribe added that the committee's terms of reference include, among others, the need to fashion out a way to further strengthen the party, enhance internal democracy and maintain discipline among party members.

He, however, dismissed the rumour of a feud between governor Babangida Aliyu and Senator Awaisu Kuta, saying that if there was any form of frosty relationship, Kuta would not have been part of the caucus meeting that was held recently.

Yusuf argued that Senator Kuta was only having a little misunderstanding with his Niger East Senatorial District PDP vice chairman Mohammed Gambo, saying that the party had constituted a committee with a view to resolving the differences between them.

Sunday Trust learned that the rumour of frosty relationship between the governor and the Senator might not be unconnected with the declaration made by Gambo last month when he led a delegation of PDP members from the zone to the governor.

He was said to have stated that the governor would be given automatic ticket for the Niger East Senatorial seat, an assertion which might have threatened the serving senator who came from the same senatorial district with the incumbent governor.

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