August 19, 2011 – The Peoples Democratic Party has announced the sale of forms to candidates who intend to contest for the position of National chairman of the party at the National Convention due to hold in February, 2012.
Though it is not clear if any member has picked the form for the post, one of those whose name has been linked to the contest is the National Publicity Secretary of the party, Prof Rufai Ahmed Alkali who says he has not formally made his intention known.
In a swift reaction to media reports, Prof Alkali said before any weighty decision concerning the issue is taken, “it is my duty and responsibility to first of all undertake full and elaborate consultations with respected stakeholders at all levels including leaders and members of the Board of Trustees, the Governor, elders and leaders of the party in Gombe State as well as the North-East zone and other leaders nationwide before making any declaration.
According to him, recent newspaper reports and analysis must have emanated from permutations based on the fact that the position has been zoned to the North East where he comes from.
Prof Alkali disclosed that his entire focus is geared towards contributing his modest quota in his duties towards supporting the Acting National Chairman of the party, Alhaji Baraje to ensure the growth and stability of the party.
“Even where my interest is involved, I should not lose focus of my duty as a member of the National Working Committee in advancing the cause of the party, which is the most democratic, disciplined and well organized political party in the country”, he said.