Elders, women and Youth groups of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP in Niger state, have endorsed the incumbent Vice Chairman of the party in the state, Barrister Tanko Beji as its new chairman.
The endorsement came ahead of the congress of the party slated for next week, even as the leadership of the party also readopted the 1998 zoning arrangement for the sharing of party offices.
It was learnt from sources close to the party headquarters in Minna that the decisions of the groups were reached at an emergency closed door meeting held in the Niger state capital recently.
It was gathered that before the endorsement of Barrister Tanko Beji, 6 others from the Niger East senatorial zones where the position had been allotted signified their intention for the highest office, but the leadership were able to persuade five of the aspirants to step down for Tanko Beji.
It was further gathered that the 6TH aspirant and former member of the state house of assembly, Abdullahi Baizegi who declined to step down for Tanko Beji was still being persuaded to bury his interest in the overall interest of the party.
The elders and other groups felt in arriving at the choice of Tanko Beji, he would be bringing ‘experience, humility and acceptability’ to the office of the state chairman.
It was learnt that a former political office holder, Alhaji Mohammed Santali could get the position of state secretary, following the decision of the Niger south party members to rezone the slot to Lavun local government area of the state.
The position of Vice chairman according to the source, has not been amicably resolved in favour of Aminu Mohammed, incumbent Secretary of the party in the state and a former member of the house of assembly, Hajia Saadatu Kolo. The leadership of Niger North where the position had been zoned, were told to resolve the impasse before next Saturday according to the source.
The other position given to the Niger North senatorial district was that of Publicity Secretary to which the stakeholders agreed to the request of one of the elders that it should be given to a former commissioner for Information in the state, Umar Abdullahi Ragada.
Unfortunately Abdullahi Ragada died last Monday after a brief illness.
It was gathered that a former deputy governor of the state, Dr. Shem Zagbayi has been appointed to head a committee that would ensure strict compliance to the zoning arrangement and free and fair conduct of the congress.
The Publicity Secretary of the party in the state, Alhaji Hassan Saba when contacted confirmed the zoning of the party offices.