Date Published: 05/11/10
PDP Zoning Formula, Obasanjo is a liar: Integrity Group
A group has vowed to challenge the former President Olusegun Obasanjo over his comment that PDP have not enter into any arrangement about sharing power or zoning system with any section of the country, in respect of the Presidency slot.
The Group PDP Integrity Group, championing the cause of good governance and equity in the PDP described Obasanjo as reckless leader who like to contrive issues to bring confusion into politics.
The group further stated that, Obasanjo have no business of interfering with the decisions reached by the National meeting of the Caucus of the PDP where it make arrangement for the adherent of zoning arrangement for the unity of the PDP, because Obasanjo have failed the party by not coming out to stand on justice and fairness during his tenure.
The PDP Integrity Group caution Obasanjo not to play with destiny of the party through his diabolical plan of hatching a dangerous trend to divert its chances of victory come 2011 general elections.
The Group stated that out of the all members of the PDP Caucus that have attended the meeting of the party at the Presidential Villa, on the 2 nd December, 2002, forty seven endorsed the zoning arrangement which include the former President himself.
According to group, the then National Chairman of the party, Chief Audu Ogbeh, put the matter to votes by asking those who wanted the party to ensure the South had two terms of 4 years each, beginning from May 1999 after which to revolves to the North for the same period to raise their hands, in which after the votes 47 goes for, while 2 against and 2 are absentees.
Therefore, it challenge Obasanjo and those clamoring of abandoning the arrangement after 2011 to bring their own reasons, different from the party point of views.
The group stressed that, PDP decision is unanimously taken for the unity and stability of the politics by all the PDP stakeholders, and even the present President Goodluck Jonathan is around at the meeting, where he represented his Governor, when this decision where taken.
The group explained that, for the wisdom of the Caucus, Chief Sunday Afolabi have to supports the Lawal Kaita’s position at the meeting to allow South to have two terms of 4 years each after which it would return to the North for the same number of the years, why then Obasanjo and bunch of his opportunists come to scatter this noble idea?
The group explained that the decision to come out and challenge Obasanjo and his cohorts are in taken to bring lasting solution to our polity and exposed him as dubious liar who want polarized our politics with hatred and disunity in order to score cheap popularity.
The group said, idea of zoning is excellent, it bring unity and political cohesion through understanding and respect among all the stakeholders, may be that is the reason people like Obasanjo benefitted.
However, the group advised President Goodluck Jonathan to be caution of sycophants hiding under the guise of opportunity and closeness to bring disrepute of his good intention of steering this country with justice, fairness and due process.
The meeting to seal the zoning arrangement of power sharing between South and North took place as follows:
Venue: Presidential Villa, Abuja. Date; 2 nd December, 2002. Time at 10.07 with prayer by the National Security Adviser (NSA). See the lists of attendance.
1. Chief Audu Ogbeh National Chairman
2. Chief Olusegun Obasanjo President
3. Atiku Abubakar Vice President
4. Ghali Na’ Abba Speaker
5. Alhaji Ibrahim Mantu Deputy Senate President
6. Dr. Alex I Ekwueme Chairman, BOT
7. Chief Solomon D Lar Adviser Emeritus
8. Chief Tony Anenih Member
9. Prof. Jerry Gana Secretary, BOT
10. Chief S M Afolabi
11. Joshua C Dariye Gov. Plateau State
12. R M Kwankwaso Gov. Kano State
13. Abdullahi Adamu Gov. Nassarawa State
14. Dr. Peter Odili Gov. Rivers State
15. Chief U.J Ekaette SGF
16. Hon. Inuwa Labaran Nat. Org. Secretary
17. Nze Ozi F. Chukwu Nat. Vice Chairman (SE)
18. Sen. A. D Sodangi Senator
19. Engr. Muh’d Abba Gana Minister, FCT
20. Senator Victor K. Oyofo Senator
21. Chief (Mrs) Josephine Anenih Nat. Woman Leader
22. Prince G.N Iweka SAP/NO
23. Alhaji Shuaib A Oyedokun Dep. Nat. Chairman (S)
24. Hon. Umar Kareto Lawan National Treasurer
25. Chief Mao Ohuabunwa Dep. House Leader
26. Ahmed Mohammed Makarfi Gov. Kaduna State
27. Engr. Abdulkadir Kure Gov. Niger State
28. Senator E. O Elayo Member, BOT
29. Dr. Sam Egwu Gov. Ebonyi State
30. Boni Haruna Gov. Adamawa State
31. Chief Achike Udenwa Gov. Imo State
32. Chief Victor Attah Gov. Akwa Ibom State
33. Senator Emmuanuel Ibok Essien Senate Deputy Chief Whip
34. Senator Adawari Michael Pepple Senate Chief Whip
35. Dr. Goodluck E Jonathan Deputy Gov. Bayelsa State
36. Hon. Sadiq A Sanusi Dep. Chief Whip (HR)
37. Senator Haruna Abubakar Senator
38. Suleiman Othman Hunkuyi
39. Alh. Chief Mrs Sinatu Ojikutu
40. Dr. Prince D Okonkwo
41. Okechukwu Itanyi Dep Gov. Enugu
42. Prince Chinedu Emeka Dep. Gov. Anambra
43. Aliyu G Mohammed NSA
44. Farouk Bibi Farouk Nat. Youth Leader
45. Chief A. K Dikibo Nat. Vice Chairman (SS)
46. Chief Roland Oritsejafor Dep. National Secretary
47. Hon. Arc, Innocent Agbo National Auditor