Group demands PDP Nat’l chairmanship position zoned to Nasarawa


By Augustine Kuza Lafia, Lafia

Nasarawa state’s Peoples Democratic Party, PDP stakeholders are pressing for the coveted national chairmanship position of the party to be zoned to the state.

A statement signed by Mustapha Ibrahim Umaisha and sent to our correspondent yesterday claimed that Nasarawa state has been neglected in representing the party at the National level, saying that the absence of the state’s leadership in the PDP’s top echelons is not plausible.

The group lamented the situation in 2023 prior to the general election where Nasarawa’s only advisory position within the party, BOT chairman held by elder statesman; Sen. Walid Jibrin was relinquished amidst an internal disagreement.

“In the spirit of inclusivity, it is time for Nasarawa state to be at the forefront of the PDP’s leadership, a position we hardly enjoyed, even as the state’s longstanding dedication to the party’s cause. This hard work should be compensated with a national position,” Ibrahim Umaisha stated.

The group which contrasted Nasarawa’s lack of representation with neighboring states like Benue, which had enjoyed the chairmanship position thrice, Kwara, Kogi and Plateau states in the North central, once taken there slot cried that all positions zoned to the North Central have always been taken by our brothers in Niger, Benue, Kwara among others yet we followed suit.

The statement further highlighted the state’s significant role and gains in recent electoral contests which produced a senator and half of the state legislators, and even went ahead to win the gubernatorial contest but was denied by the courts and not the people as such anything short of considering the state for leadership position at the national level would be injustice.

“It is imperative that Nasarawa’s contributions and potential are recognized within the party’s leadership structure as the clamour for representation highlighted, all eyes are on the PDP caucus to heed the call for inclusivity and fairness within the party’s ranks, and Ombugadu is the answer,

“David Ombugadu embodies the essence of effective leadership, garnering admiration and respect beyond Nigeria’s borders, a mobiliser, community organiser, and a development expert, attributes which can greatly impact the party’s fortunes, affirmed Ibrahim.