Barely 11 months after the Acting Chairman, Board of Trustees, BoT, of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Dr. Bello Haliru Mohammed, moved a motion for the adoption of former President Goodluck Jonathan as the sole presidential candidate of the party, Dr Mohammed has attributed the misfortune of the party to the death of the zoning arrangement in the party.
Dr Bello had at the 66th National Executive Committee, NEC, meeting held on September 17, 2014 moved the motion for adoption by the NEC of Jonathan as PDP candidate and was seconded by former governor of Anambra State in the Second Republic, Chief Jim Nwobodo.
In a six-point presentation to the 17-member 2015 PDP Post Election Review Committee (PDP – PERC) headed by the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, which took place in Abuja yesterday, Dr Bello Mohammed said the abrogation of its policy of rotation and zoning in 2011 severely undermined the principle of justice and equity on which the party was founded in 1998.
According to him, the party’s eventual electoral loss in the last presidential election emerged as the sad price the party had to pay for jettisoning its policy of rotation and zoning. He said this led to widespread crises of confidence in the party.
At a session with some members of the committee led by former Kaduna State Governor, Senator Ahmed Mohammed Makarfi, Bello who was former Acting National Chairman of the party said that the party’s decline actually began in 2011 when the party abandoned zoning as a policy that had hitherto been a major attraction to the party as it offered all members equity, justice and a sense of belonging.
“When the founding fathers formed the party in 1998, they established the principle of justice and equity whereby power resided with the people who could decide who became what at any point in time. But overtime, the party swerved away and breached the principle thereby disrupting its internal democracy.
“When in 2011 the party abandoned its zoning formula, the party dealt on itself a major blow because that action served the first notice that it had disconnected with the masses. So, we must go back to the culture of zoning and rotation of offices”, he said.
He also said that as the party currently seeks to redeem itself, something must be done about the practice of putting the party at the whims and mercy of moneybags and the highest bidder to the exclusion of many members.
Dr. Bello Mohammed thanked the Committee members comprising former National Deputy Chairman, Alhaji Shuaibu Oyedokun, National Vice Chairman, Southwest, Chief Makanjuola, Zonal Secretary, Southwest, former Minister of Women Affairs, Hajia Zainab Maina and Secretary, BoT, Senator Walid Jubril, for the visit.

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