The Minister of Information, Labaran Maku, will on Monday pick the nomination form of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to vie for the 2015 governorship election in the state.
This was disclosed by his spokesperson, Joseph Mutah, in a message sent to journalists in the state on Sunday. The message was to invite the journalists to the event.
Mr. Maku is one of the 13 aspirants seeking the PDP ticket for the governorship election. The former Information Minister is one of seven ministers who resigned from President Goodluck Jonathan’s cabinet recently to seek elective positions in their states.
But Mr. Maku’s decision appears to go against a resolution by the Nasarawa PDP leaders that no gubernatorial aspirant should pick the form until an attempt to pick a consensus candidate was concluded. The party had last week held a meeting with aspirants urging them to consult themselves and present a consensus candidate to challenge the incumbent governor, Tanko Al-Makura of the All Progressive Congress, APC.
Eight gubernatorial aspirants attended the meeting while Mr. Maku and former governor Aliyu Akwe Doma, boycotted it.
The Nasarawa PDP Chairman, Yunana Iliya, had told journalists after the meeting, which took place at the state party secretariat along Jos road Lafia, told journalists that the eight aspirants in attendance agreed to defer their purchase of nomination forms until after consultation on the need to have a consensus candidate among.
The aspirants that attended the meeting include the state deputy governor, Damishi Barau, Mike Abdul, Yusuf Agabi, John Danboyi, Jibrin Yakubu, Solomon Ewuga, Chris Mamman and Musa Husseini.