Election 2011: Tremor hits PDP as Northern governors may defect to AC in historic party alliance

Action Congress
Action Congress

A major political turn around is imminent with the defection of not less than six northern governors to the Action Congress (AC) from other political parties across the nation according to EMNnews.com sources.

The defection  may affect the rank and file ruling People’s Democratic Party as many state governors have resolved to decamp to AC to create a power balance for the nation.

The decision by the governors is aimed at creating a major political power bloc to confront  PDP as the nation moves towards  the next  general election in 2011.

According to EMNnews.com source, AC may unfold his new plans  as it’s chairman Chief Bisi Akande is set to unfold certain plans aimed at making the party more formidable as the  people’s choice in the next election.

It is generally believed that  not much confidence is currently being reposed in the ruling PDP by the generality of Nigerian citizens home and abroad and every sacrifice is worth making to break PDP’s  arrogance, power monopoly and lies as evident prior to President Umaru Yar’Adua’s death early in the year.

There is also  the issue of election manipulation, drawing lessons from the last election as many election results were overturned having been rigged back in 2007 general election.

“Action Congress  political strategists are getting the youths more involved  urging that the youths must play important role in the polity as the nation’s political stakeholders of the future, our sources added.

It added that  AC ‘s political game planners have resolved that every sacrifice and  efforts made to unseat  PDP in the next general election is worth making and is leaving no stone unturned to disallow the repeat of the last general election which was rigged massively.

It will be recalled that ex-President Umaru Yar’Adua admitted before his death tha the election that made him President was fraught with irregularities.

The decision of the defection could be sending tremors through the rank and file of the ruling DPD while many decisions to be announced on Friday  may go a long way in changing Nigeria’s political texture  in the next few weeks.

Action Congress new game plan could be culminating in a major political cavorting  among the leading political parties and the stakeholders across the country.

According to sources, the governors of Katsina, Kano, Gombe and others may now vie for election under Action Congress in the 2011 election.

 Chief Adebisi Akande
Chief Adebisi Akande

Action Congress Chairman, Chief Bisi Akande on Friday will make some strategic statements about new steps to be taken by AC so they can attract voters in the next general  election.

EMNnews.com  has learnt that that the Party has embarked on many strategic reorganisation aimed at making the party a favourite for all in the next general election.

Ten northern governors  during the week had made their positions known about the issue of zoning, claiming Jonathan Goodluck should claim the right to vie for election.

At the end of their meeting held at the Government House, Kaduna during the week, the governors had voted on the issue of zoning.

Ten of them voted for zoning, insisting that it is the turn of the North to produce the president in 2011.

Seven voted against zoning, saying the race should be open to all Nigerians including President Jonathan while one governor abstained from voting.

According to sources at the meeting, the governors of Sokoto, Kebbi, Zamfara, Kwara, Kano, Borno, Katsina, Gombe, Niger and Jigawa voted that zoning must be maintained and that the agreement that the North should produce the president is still valid.

The governors who voted against zoning are those of Plateau, Benue, Taraba, Adamawa, Kaduna, Kogi and Nasarawa while Yobe State governor abstained from voting.

Bauchi State Governor Isa Yuguda was absent at the meeting. His absence may not be unconnected with the death of the Emir of Bauchi.

But in the communiqué at the end of the meeting, the Northern governors said zoning was purely the affair of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and that wider consultations should still continue at all levels of the party.

The meeting noted that the Nigerian constitution is supreme and defines the qualification for the election of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, adding that based on the provisions of the constitution, President Jonathan and other Nigerians have the right to contest for the office of the President.

The communiqué was read by the Chairman of the NGF and Niger State Governor, Dr. Mu’azu Aliyu Babangida.

In the communiqué, the governors said consultations would continue across the country in order to address the concerns of all in the interest of peace and stability.The seven- paragraph communiqué read: “The special meeting of the Northern Governors Forum was held sequel to the resolve (of the governors) during its meeting of July 1, 2010 to allow members go back for wider consultations with stakeholders for the unity and progress of Northern states within the context of a united Nigeria on zoning of the position of the President before eventually taking a position on the matter.

“The forum then noted that the desired wider consultations with stakeholders had taken place and various positions had been taken by respective states.“The Northern Governors’ Forum after collating the reports from all the 19 Northern states and after exhaustive deliberations recognizes the following:

“The supremacy of the 1999 Constitution as encapsulated in Section 1; the provision of Section 131 of the 1999 Constitution, which states the qualifications for the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“Arising from the above therefore, the forum acknowledges the right of President Goodluck Jonathan and indeed any other Nigerian to legitimately and constitutionally contest for the office of the president.“On zoning, the forum recognizes the fact that the issue of zoning is a PDP affair as contained in Section 7(2c) of the party constitution.

“Therefore, in acknowledging the circumstances of force majeure, arising from the demise of President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua and subsequently ascendancy of President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan to the presidency, the forum resolves that wider consultations should continue at all party levels within the PDP with all stakeholders across the nation to address the concerns of all in the interest of peaceful co-existence and advancement of democracy in our dear country, Nigeria.”

However, sourced claimed the northern governor’s statement had created an openness for  the governors to take a decision they thought would benefit the country especially as regards the presidency as the north stands to be favoured in whatever choice both PDP and Action Congress are making towards achieving a northern Presidency come 2011.