How Plateau PDP Zoned Its Positions Ahead of Congress, As Coalition Commends Committee 

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Yakubu Ventim

The Plateau State Coalition of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Patriots has commended the State Executive Committee of the PDP for a successful meeting, which approved dates for Ward, LGA and State Congresses of the party as well as the zoning of party positions to the three senatorial districts of the state. The Group’s position was conveyed by its Chairman, Rt Hon Titus Alams after its Strategy Committee meeting held on Monday, April 4, 2016 in Jos.

It would be recalled that the SEC meeting of Tuesday, 27th March, 2016, pursuant to the Party’s Constitution and the 2016 Congresses and Convention Guide lines, allocation positions as follows:

Northern Senatorial District:

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* State Chairman

* Vice Chairman

* Organizing Secretary

* Financial Secretary

* Assistant Treasurer

* Assistant Organizing Secretary

* Assistant PRO

* Ex- Officio I

* Ex- Officio II

Plateau Central Zone:

* Deputy Chairman

* Vice Chairman

* Treasurer

* Publicity Secretary

* Women Leader

* Assistant Auditor

* Assistant Legal Adviser

* Ex- Officio I

* Ex- Officio II

Plateau South District:

* Secretary

* Vice Chairman

* Legal Adviser

* Youth Leader

* Auditor

* Assistant Financial Secretary

* Assistant Secretary

* Ex- Officio I

* Ex- Officio II

The Patriots Chairman, Titus Alams said that the Patriots are happy to note that all zones abided by the position of SEC and held zonal Caucus meetings, which amicably resolved contending issues as a family and distributed positions to LGAs according to their peculiarities to the dismay of the ruling party in the state.

The Northern Zone allowed Riyom LGA to produce the State Party Chairman and the Zonal Secretary; Jos East LGA is to products the Assistant Treasurer, Zonal Women Leader and Zonal Ex-Officio; Bassa LGA is to produce the Vice Chairman, State Ex-Officio and Zonal Ex-Officio; Jos South LGA is allowed to produce the Assistant Organizing Secretary, State Ex-Officio and Zonal Ex-Officio; and Jos North LGA is to produce the State Financial Secretary, Assistant PRO and Zonal Ex-Officio.

The Southern Zone Caucus zoned the State Secretary to Qua’an Pan LGA, Vice Chairman to Langtang South LGA, Youth Leader to Wase LGA, Legal Adviser to Langtang North LGA, Auditor to Shendam LGA and Ex-Officio to Mikang LGA. Shendam and Wase LGAs have Assistant Financial Secretary and Ex-Officio, respectively.

The Central Zone PDP Caucus distributed its positions after keen debates thus:

State Deputy Chairman – Kanke LGA;

State Treasury – Kanam LGA;

State Women Leader- Pankshin LGA;

Vice Chairman – Mangu LGA; and State Publicity Secretary – Bokkos LGA.

The non-State Working Committee positions were shared as follows:

Assistant Auditor – Pankshin LGA; Assistant Legal Adviser – Bokkos LGA;

State Ex-Officio to Mangu LGA; and Zonal Ex-Officio – Kanam LGA.

Rt. Hon. Alams also commended the spirit of sportsmanship exhibited by Hon. Chris Hassan, who accepted the zoning arrangement and templates as shared by the Northern Zone Caucus, and hugged Hon. Damishi Sango at a meeting of the Patriots held to review the outcome of the meetings of the Caucuses of the Party across the zones. He then called on all those who felt the zoning arrangements did not favour them to , in spirit of sportsmanship, accept the outcomes as an acts of God. He added that he  believes the umbrella is large enough to accommodate every member of the PDP family.

On the forth coming Ward, LGA and State Congresses, Alams urged every PDP supporter to become a peacemaker since the exercise is a family affair.

The Patriots particularly lamented and condemned the outpouring of negative comments by some individuals and social media groups following the  outcome of the Northern Zone Caucus meeting at Waye Foundation, Jos. Alams noted that, contrary to cries by some Chairmanship aspirants in the Northern Zone that templates were generated without due regards to laid down procedures, all those meant to take decisions at the Waye Foundation Caucus meeting were present. He added that even if the process that generated the template for the Zone was faulty, those that needed to attend the said meeting did not only attend, but adopted same.

He therefore sued for peace, calling on all the aggrieved to bury their hatchets, as all stakeholders seek to reposition the Party to recapture power from the APC in the State in 2016.

Speaking on the hardships Nigerians are facing in the hands of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Alams called on Nigerians to be resolute in their resolve to give constructive criticisms until the economy improves, and petroleum products are made available at filling stations.

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