PDP Leadership Tussle: Nomination Delay Prompted Gulak – Jalo
The Deputy Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says that it was the delay in the nomination process of a new PDP chairman that prompted Mr Ahmed Gulak to go court.
Mr Abdulahi Jalo made the statement on Thursday while reacting to the controversy surrounding the appointment of the PDP National Chairman on Politics Today.
Mr Gulak and his supporters including Dr. Doyin Okupe, also an ex-aide to former President Jonathan stormed the National Secretariat of the party in Abuja on Wednesday where he told a news conference that he was assuming office as the National Chairman of the party.
Mr Gulak claimed that he had a court judgement in his favour.
Mr Abdulahi Jalo told Politics Today that Mr Gulak went to court with the assumption that it was as if the National Vice Chairman of the PDP, Uche Secondus, wanted to perpetuate himself on the leadership position.
Jalo also spoke on whether it was right for the former Political Adviser to former President Goodluck Jonathan to take the party to court, “This is somebody who felt he could go to court and he is a lawyer, you cannot deny him.
“There is an internal mechanism of the party where there is this kind of problem, you can now put your petition to the Caucus or the Board of Trustees (BoT).
“Then the National Working Committee of the party will be invited with you so that you can sit down and iron things together,” he said.
Jalo also believes that the PDP’s new position as an opposition is one of the reasons for the crisis in the party.
He, however, stressed that the party was following the constitution and explained the process involved in appointing a new chairman.
“After the former chairman resigned (Mr Adamu Mu’azu), our constitution says that the vacancy should be filled by somebody from that zone and who is eligible.
“Honestly, the same constitution has made a provision that before then, some consultation has to be made and the governors of that zone (that is PDP governors from that area) and at the same time the stakeholders would sit down and put their minds together and nominate three people and forward it to the caucus of the party.
“Then from Caucus, it will come to the BoT and from BoT, it will come to NEC for approva.”
Jalo further provided more clarification on Gulak’s stance. “What I want the public to understand (is that) this chairmanship which Gulak is going to court on it is the remaining tenure of Adamu Mu’azu.
“This means the chairman that would be given that opportunity to serve will only serve before the convention of the party.”
He added that the party’s convention would zone offices.