The Kano State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, failed to conduct ward congresses in the state last Saturday following moves by its leaders to adopt a consensus arrangement in picking the delegates.
The spokesperson of the party, Musa Danbirni, disclosed this to journalists, after a meeting by the leaders where the consensus option was considered.
The party held its ward congresses in the 36 states of the federation on Saturday.
“What held us this long is that we were trying to achieve a consensus arrangement,” Mr. Danbirni said after the parley held at the home of the Minister of Education, Ibrahim Shekarau.
“Already, we have made progress on our mission and soon you will hear that we have done it because large chunk of party loyalists have agreed on it.”
Apart from Mr. Shekarau, among other the PDP leaders at the meeting, which lasted for over three hours, were the Foreign Affairs Minister, Aminu Wali, the state chairman, Rabiu Dansharu, and Secretary, Auwalu Damzabuwa.
The party’s spokesperson explained that the leaders were able to convince some of its members on the need of having consensus so that the party would avoid rancour and infighting, which might hamper its progress at this crucial time.
He stated that three male and two female delegates would be picked by consensus in all the 487 wards in the state.
“But this notwithstanding, if at the end of our meetings and we couldn’t have a full consensus across the state, then where we have problems we will allow them to conduct their congress and the party will put observers that will see to it,” Mr. Danbirni stated.
He said observers sent by the party’s national secretariat in Abuja had arrived and were only waiting for the outcome of the meeting before compiling their reports.